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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Turkish tomatoes are not in the pocket of the impoverished population of Russia

In Rosselkhoznadzor reported that they did not see any serious problems for the resumption of the supply of food from Turkey to Russia. Thus, the head of Department Sergey Dankvert again made clear that the Russian authorities do not rule out a speedy return on the Russian counters of Turkish vegetables and fruit. The representative of the phytosanitary service did not mention a specific timeframe, although earlier the Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev admitted that it can happen this year.

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However, it is reasonable to assume that Sergey Dankvert spoke only of his “bed”. Recall, from January 1, 2016 banned the import of Turkish fruit and vegetables. We are talking about oranges and tangerines, grapes, apples, pears, apricots, peaches, including nectarines. This list is strawberry, plum, tomatoes, onions, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, chickens and the Turkey, salt… the Solution for all of the above goods was taken at the government level. And cancel it in the same order. Whereas the Rosselkhoznadzor his order forbade (and a few months later) the importation of only Turkish pepper, pomegranate, eggplant, zucchini and pumpkins. The Agency has imposed restrictions due to the presence in their games dangerous pests.

So hard for Turkish producers to return to the Russian market? According to experts, actually they never left, just tomatoes drove through neighboring Belarus and Azerbaijan, which affected the prices. The possibility of Turkish suppliers to deliver their goods directly and legally should reduce the cost of fruits and vegetables. But this is only in theory.

Yes, the higher the competition, the lower the cost of goods. But Turkish tomatoes, if we are talking about quality products, still not worth a penny. Here are laid the transport component, the margin of retailers. And now has added risks associated with unstable exchange rate. Most likely, we will get the product not less than 200 rubles per kilogram,” — said the Deputy Chairman of the RF CCI Committee for the development of agriculture Pavel Grudinin.

Thus, hopes that the Turkish vegetables and fruit will make cheaper food basket of Russians, almost none. “In such a situation, consumers would rather buy a cheap domestic beets, rather than expensive overseas tomato. So, now at Turkish manufacturers lost the interest to export their products to Russia”, — so says the experts on agriculture.

The interlocutor of “MK” has reminded that the volume of Turkish imports have begun to decline even before the imposition of sanctions. In 2015, total trade turnover between Russia and Turkey decreased by 26%. Although it was supposed to be the opposite: due to the sanctions policy of the West against our country were still friendly at that time Turkey had a chance to replace the lost European goods.

“The main problem is not the sanctions. As shown, they can be circumvented through other countries. And all about the low incomes of Russians, which has been declining for almost two years in a row. As soon as our citizens have started to save on food, first just suffered by foreign suppliers. Against the background of weak ruble of their products have risen in price almost doubled, becoming unaffordable for most of the population of Russia”, — concluded the expert. That is why, in his opinion, to regain their former positions fruits and vegetables from Turkey now would be extremely problematic. Foreign producers cannot afford to operate at a loss.

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