Expert: Russia will not face a deficit of meat, milk and cheese

Expert: Russia will not face a deficit of meat, milk and cheese

MOSCOW, November 3. Russians don’t need to fear shortages of meat, dairy and cheese products in 2016, This opinion was expressed by Vice-President RSPP, the founder of the company “Wimm-bill-Dann” David Yakobashvili.

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According to the forecast published earlier by the chamber in next year Russia may get the necessary amounts of meat and dairy products. This is due to the fact that the production of these goods use imported raw materials from countries embargoed from 7 August 2014 in addition, buyers do not meet the “Russian analogues with reduced features”, according to experts of the Ministry.

“Next to our neighbors, the Belarusians produce good products. We can always use them,” said David Yakobashvili in an interview with radio station “Moscow speaking”.

According to him, the import substitution of meat products has been slow due to the long payback periods of investment projects, limited capacity for purchasing imported equipment and components. However, the Russian enterprise capable of producing high quality dairy products, I’m sure Yakobashvili. “Milk and cheese, of course, no such variety now, but those cheeses that are produced in Altai, the Voronezh region, the Kuban, very high quality,” he said.

Russia August 7, 2014, imposed restrictions on food imports from countries that have imposed sanctions against her: USA, EU, Canada, Australia and Norway. A ban were meat, sausage, fish and seafood, vegetables, fruits, dairy products. Later the sanctions had been withdrawn dietary supplements, sports, baby and medical nutrition (including lactose-free products). Predamage was extended for one year until August 6, 2016 with the same exceptions. In addition, the list of countries against whom sanctions have been imposed, has been expanded – it also includes the Republic of Albania, Montenegro, the Republic of Iceland and the Principality of Liechtenstein

To avoid shortages allowed not only the substitution, but “offset” to suppliers from other countries – Latin America, South Africa, New Zealand, Switzerland, China, Turkey. Russia has replaced meat exports from the EU, USA and Australia for products from Brazil, Belarus, Paraguay and Argentina.