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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Will do if Russia food security

As you know, there is a silver lining. The fact that its food embargo, we are cut off from the outside world, the Russian peasantry went only benefit. That’s why the Declaration of authorities about the lifting of sanctions on imports of Turkish food caused in certain seljeskog a real shock.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

Before the infamous events of the fall of 2015 Turkey is one of the largest food importers to the Russian market, and the tomatoes held in this volume as much as 57 %. Can these volumes be back on our shelves?

Suspense escalated on the eve of the recent meeting between presidents Putin and Erdogan, where alongside other questions the leaders of the States discussed this topic. Analysts do not exclude that the embargo on Ankara can remove here as soon as possible.

We remind readers that the sanctions against the Turkish Prime Minister Medvedev of the products introduced on 1 January this year, in the “black list” then came tomatoes and cucumbers, onions, cauliflower and broccoli.

Gradually the list has already expanded the Rosselkhoznadzor, on discovering the supply of quarantine pests. As they say, nothing personal. So Russia has given up on the eggplant, peppers, zucchini, lettuce, isbury, lettuce and almost all Turkish fruit.

To replace all Turkish vegetables and fruits in Russian, have developed a programme, which included the construction and modernization of greenhouse complexes that are able to diversify the menu of Russian citizens.

And time, by the way, Russian peasants did not lose nothing, because the food market abhors a vacuum. On August 5 this year, the harvest of greenhouse vegetables in Russia increased by 20% compared to the same period of 2015. And most of those tomatoes, good and different, by as much as 55 %.

Even in the suburbs, which is not plenty of Sunny days a year, intend to build a 300-hectare high-tech greenhouse to collect them 3-4 crops a year and completely, 100 %, to cover the needs in vegetables of the region’s residents.

If everything will return to normal and we will again flood of cheap products from Turkey, domestic vegetables will not be needed again?

These questions in different ways and today we hear when discussing the embargo with Turkey. And I have to admit that the cause for concern. The Federal government has repeatedly demonstrated that for short-term gain we are willing to sacrifice their own ambitions and global strategic plans.

What you need to do to get off imported food needle for the production of vegetables in greenhouses? To 2020 to build and upgrade about 2,000 hectares of greenhouses — so say the Ministry of agriculture of the Russian Federation.

Today’s ambitious plans due to objective reasons is in question. Instead of 300 hectares of greenhouse complexes built only 160. But they can turn into protracted.

– If “trample” import from Turkey, is a serious blow to our plans, ” declare Russian farmers.- This is completely insane, when today we are introducing a ban on the supply, the hope that a private farmer, and tomorrow we open to import “green street”. What kind of strategy can talk?!

To whom on this time will listen in Moscow — that is the question. This will depend on the development of the rural areas in the country, and the quality of our food.

For comments, we turned to Igor ABAKUMOV, a well-known expert, TV host rural of the channel OTR:

– I am by nature an optimist and my optimism is based not on an empty place, and on observations. Well, the program of import substitution in Russia is yielding results. Possibly even while not so much in Economics as in psychology. On the one hand, the government realized that priority should be given to Russian peasants — the only way we can achieve food security. With the other domestic producers will not give anyone a niche in the market, because they managed to expand production, to invest in the modernization and modern technology.

Based on these two factors, I can assume that Vladimir Putin is unlikely to be in forced mode to cancel the food embargo with Turkey. It is very sharp — and fair — sounding protests from the Russian farmers. And investment in the construction of greenhouses, “injected” safely mastered.

My prediction in this matter will pause. Not until the end of this year, and at 2-3, when we conclude our program on vegetables in greenhouses. And then we can compete with foreign importers on an equal footing.

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