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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Turkish tomatoes can return to Russia this year

The return of the Turkish fruit and vegetables does not threaten the Russian market disaster. This statement was made by Minister of agriculture Alexander Tkachev. According to him, now the supply from that country is replaced with goods from Iran, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Israel. In addition, as noted by Tkachev, he also hoped to reach a compromise on the question of deliveries between Russia and Egypt.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

Recall, from January 1, 2016 banned the import of Turkish fruit and vegetables. In particular, we are talking about oranges and tangerines, grapes, apples, pears, apricots, peaches, including nectarines. In the sanctions list of products also got plums, strawberries, tomatoes, onions , cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers and gherkins. Under the restrictions were also carcasses and offal of chickens and turkeys, salt and cloves

However, in August there was talk about the abolition of the food embargo against Turkey. So, in August Vladimir Putin after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan said that Russia intends to gradually lift the ban.

In addition, the Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev admitted that the restrictions are canceled this year.

However, according to experts interviewed by “MK” in this matter will play the role of a primarily political relations between Turkey and our country.

“Cases of interdiction on the part of Russia and from other countries on one or another of agricultural products show that the majority of the problem is not the observance of sanitary standards or quality of products, and in health diplomatic relations between the two countries, — says the analyst of ALOR BROKER Kirill Yakovenko — as soon As Russia annexed Crimea, the EU and the US imposed sanctions, our country in response banned the import of their products. And the Rosselkhoznadzor has become more carefully check the remaining products from the EU and to identify violations”.

According to experts, it is significant that before the incident with the Russian fighter and the Turkish military, the vegetables and fruits from the country has a significant share of the Russian market in an affordable price range. But as soon as a downed fighter, the Supervisory authority immediately found a lot of violations as Turkish products. “With the resumption of relations and a public apology from Ankara bans began to be softened, thawed talk about the “Turkish stream” and thought of returning Turkish vegetables to the Russian market,” continues Yakovenko. Similar is observed with the claims of the Egyptian authorities to the Russian wheat. We will remind, in August, they introduced a ban on imports of our wheat due to ergot — fungus-parasite. In turn, Russia decided to respond to ban the import of Egyptian fruit and vegetables. However, after Egypt has resumed imports of Russian wheat. “Mutual claims were short-term in nature, as neither Russia nor Egypt is not beneficial to restrictive measures in foreign trade,” — says Yakovenko.

Meanwhile, as the expert, bans go to the Russian agricultural sector for the benefit and at the time of their existence, the Russian manufacturer managed to win about 20% of the market.

“To regain that position the tomatoes from Turkey will be problematic, so the growth of the gross harvest of greenhouse vegetables in Russia amounted to more than 20%. At the same time revealing that the main growth of tomatoes. Compared to the previous year’s harvest rose 1.5%, to 92 thousand tons. This effectively runs the state program of import substitution for preferential financing of agricultural enterprises. At the moment, the business is planning to invest over $ 5 billion in the construction of new greenhouse complexes with the implementation period to 2019”, — concludes the analyst.

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