Tkachev warned about losing $3 billion in agriculture with a strong ruble

The agriculture Ministry is not satisfied with the high exchange rate (55-56 rubles per dollar). This was at the end of the meeting President Vladimir Putin with government members said the head of Department Alexander Tkachev, reports .

At such exchange rate “we fall back,” warned Tkachev, the export of agricultural products will be reduced by $3 billion, in two months it has decreased by 15%. “Most acceptable” and “reasonable” the Minister called the dollar at 60-65 RUB.

“We understand the concern of the Central Bank, but the balance is, we believe, should be preserved. And above all, we must think about the production, agriculture, industry”, — said Tkachev. In this course, Russia will have a competitive advantage over Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria and other countries that export grain, the Minister added.

“Stability and balance” of the ruble exchange rate is influenced by foreign exchange interventions and statements about the course that make officials of financial-economic block of the government, added, in turn, the head of the Ministry of industry and trade Denis Manturov.

In early April, the head of the Ministry Maxim Oreshkin said that the moment (exchange rate of about 56 rubles per dollar) “very profitable to purchase the currency” by the population and companies-importers. At the current level of oil prices, the Ministry expects the weakening of the ruble RUB to 63-64 to the dollar.