Mushroom production has been growing dynamically in Russia, informs Interagro Company basing on its industry and market researches. Thus, mushroom production has doubled during last two years, reaching 20,000 tons by the end of 2017. The experts believe this figure will double again by the end of 2018.
Mushroom production in Russia has been growing steadily
Russian imports of fruit and vegetables up by 17% in 2017
Russian imports of fresh fruit and vegetables have grown considerably over the past year. The total of 7.1 million tons arriving from abroad in 2017 constitutes a rise of 17% over the 2016 level. Nevertheless, this figure is still well below the 2013 level - the year before the trade embargo came into force - when almost 8.5 million tons of fresh fruit and vegetables were imported into Russia. The recovery is due in part to the Russian Government lifting its own trade embargoes on various Turkish products in 2017 and also thanks to the arrival of record volumes of Ecuadorian bananas.
Russia authorises imports from two more Turkish tomato suppliers
Russia’s agriculture safety watchdog said on March 28 that it is to allow tomato imports from two more Turkish firms as of March 29. This will take to twelve the number of Turkish producers authorised to supply tomatoes to Russia. The Turkish finance minister, Nihat Zeybekci has said her government is absolutely against Russia’s setting of limits and has threatened to respond in kind. In October 2017, Russia agreed to lift its restrictions on the import of Turkish tomatoes. However, Moscow has continued to implement import quotas.
Russian regulator allows five more Turkish enterprises to supply tomatoes to Russia
As of February 1st, 2018, Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control has allowed a further five Turkish tomato producers to import tomatoes. This move is seen as part of an easing of tensions between the two countries following the ending of a Russian ban on imports of fresh produce from Turkey. The ban was imposed when a Russian Su-24 fighter jet was shot down by Turkish warplanes on the Syrian border. In November 2017, Russia allowed imports of up to 50,000 tons of Turkish tomatoes, with only three Turkish suppliers being granted permits.
Potato crop in Russia is deficient
Consumption of fruit falls in Russia
Between 2014 and 2016, the annual consumption of fruits in Russia dropped from 64 kg per person in 2014 to about 34 kg in 2016. With the recommended level lying between 60 and 118 kg, Russia’s fruit consumption is below half of where it should be. By comparison, the average US citizen consumes 126 kg of fruit per year, and the average Australian, at least 135 kg. Fruits contain vitamins, antioxidants and other useful trace elements that significantly increase the body's immunity, which is especially important during influenza season.
Turkish pomegranates and aubergines to return to Russia
Russia has agreed to allow imports of aubergines and pomegranates from several Turkish producers as of October 30th. The announcement to lift the ban was made by Yulia Melano, a spokesperson of the Russian agricultural agency Rosselkhoznadzor and comes shortly after a similar announcement was made to allow imports of Turkish tomatoes.
No shortage of banned fruit and vegetables in Russia
Russian market of hothouse vegetables keeps growing
Summing up the data from the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, it is clear that sheltered production of vegetables continues to develop thanks to the introduction of new hothouses and modernisation of the old ones, along with the implementation of modern agricultural technologies. Most of the projects are located in the central and southern parts of the country: some 600 and 200 ha respectively are to be introduced by 2020.
X5 Group requests suppliers lower prices
The administration of X5 Group, one of the largest food retailers in Russia, has urged its suppliers to decrease prices by 10% by mid-March. The reason for the request is the growth in the rouble’s exchange rate compared to the dollar and euro. Currently, some 6,000 suppliers cooperate with the retailer, some of whom have reacted positively to the appeal. X5 Group stated that it “will possibly revise the terms of cooperation with suppliers who do not reply.” In 2016, the group’s sales grew by 27.5 %, mainly thanks to price drops and promotional actions.