Food imports to Russia declined over three years by 1.7 times

SAINT PETERSBURG, may 16. /TASS/. Food imports to Russia for three years has decreased by 1.7 times, its own production in the agricultural sector is growing. This was stated by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at a meeting of the government Commission on import substitution.

“Import of food products and agricultural raw materials for three years has decreased in 1,7 times, including in the result of those decisions, both administrative and economic, which were adopted, including, of course, a ban on exports from individual countries, (it) also contributed too”, – said the head of government.

He added that “due to deliberate public policies have helped to increase the production of our own agricultural produce”.

So, said the head of the Cabinet, in 2016, the growth of agricultural production in Russia amounted to almost 5%. “We do provide today very important components in the framework of food security, these indicators are at a high level,” Medvedev said.

In addition, the head of the Cabinet drew attention to that faster than the planned indices reduced the dependence of Russia on imports in such industries as petroleum engineering (the level of supply from abroad was 45.5% instead of the planned 56%), electronic industry (54% instead of 69%). There are industries with low dependence on imports, for example, in transport engineering it is only 3%.

As the Prime Minister said, in General, last year on import substitution were sent to nearly 375 billion roubles, including 105 billion rubles of budget funds. “We proceed from the necessity of pursuing a more active course in promoting interests of Russian producers,” Medvedev stated, adding that this work will continue.