MOSCOW, November 29. The Russians will not feel the lack of Turkish products on the market, since there are alternative suppliers. This was stated by the Minister of agriculture of the Russian Federation Alexander Tkachev.
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The MAYOR: food prices will rise, if you can not quickly replace imports from Turkey
“The Russians do not feel that Turkey is not present today on the market. It’s quite obvious, believe me”, he said today on air of TV channel “Russia 1”.
According to Tkachev, alternative suppliers could be Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Morocco, Israel.
However, Deputy economic development Minister Oleg Fomichev told reporters that food prices may slightly grow, if you can not quickly replace imports from Turkey. “If you can not quickly replace the food that comes (from Turkey – ed.), – the probability of rising food prices too, albeit minimal, because the share still small in the total share of food,” – said the Deputy MAYOR.
The Rosselkhoznadzor Inspections
From 27 November, the Rosselkhoznadzor according to instruction of the head of the Ministry of agriculture has started a total inspection of all incoming from Turkey to Russia of agricultural products. Documentary and laboratory verification will be subject to all the products of vegetable and animal origin.
Previously, the Agency conducted spot checks of products.
According to the Ministry of agriculture of the Russian Federation, in 2014 the import of food and agricultural products from Turkey to Russia amounted to $1.7 billion and remained at the level of the previous year.
Thus in the total Russian food imports to Turkey accounted for 4%. For 10 months of 2015, Turkey has imported into Russia of food for $1 billion, which is 20% lower than a year earlier.
In addition to citrus Turkey supplies Russia with tomatoes, which account for a quarter of total food imports from Turkey to the Russian market. Also Russian imports of Turkish grapes (10%), sunflower seeds (5%), a small amount of different vegetables and fruits, confectionery, fresh fish.