Tkachev: the Ministry of agriculture does not see preconditions for significant growth of prices for food

MOSCOW, January 18. The Ministry of agriculture sees no prerequisites for significant price growth. This was stated by the Minister of agriculture and food Alexander Tkachev in an interview to “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”.

“That is their core products rather. Prerequisites for significant growth in prices are not,” he said.

The Minister explained that the role of agriculture in curbing prices is to stimulate growth of agricultural production. “The more proposals on the market, the fairer the prices. With this task cope the industry: we are increasing production, providing consumers with food”, – said Tkachev, pointing to high rates of agricultural production 2015: wheat harvest – 104,3 million tons, potatoes – more than 33 million tonnes, vegetables – almost 16 million tonnes.

Meanwhile, Tkachev noted that this year marks the traditional seasonal increase of prices for fruit and vegetables, which is attributable to the increase of agricultural costs. However, the Minister rejected the possibility of further price increases due to the ban on the import of certain goods from Turkey. “The FAS has not recorded a significant growth of prices of foodstuff, which touched on the limitations. For example, in the structure of annual consumption in Russia Turkish tomatoes took not more than 10%”, – said the head of the Ministry of agriculture, noting that Russia has already managed to increase the supply of tomatoes Azerbaijan, Morocco, Egypt and Abkhazia. The substitution of Turkish citrus actively occurs through imports of Moroccan and Pakistani fruit, added Tkachev.

In late December, the FAS promised to monitor the price situation on the market. Surveyed retailers and food producers claimed that will restrain prices in terms of prohibition of supply of certain goods from Turkey. In addition, the Rusprodsoyuz Association noted that the decline in consumer demand, the price increase is unprofitable to anybody from participants of the market.

Russia from January 1, 2016 banned the import of certain foodstuffs from Turkey. In particular, Turkey will not be able to export strawberries, oranges, tangerines, grapes, apples, pears, apricots, peaches and nectarines, plums, strawberries, and strawberries. In restrictive list includes vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, cauliflower and broccoli, onion), as well as frozen parts of carcasses and offal of turkeys and chickens. Is prohibited by Turkish cloves and salt.