Tkachev: Turkish tomatoes can come back in Russia with the arrival of cold weather

07.09.2017

Russia may lift the ban on the import of tomatoes from Turkey in the cold time of year, when Russian producers can not provide the necessary volume. The import will be severely limited, said the Russian Minister of agriculture Alexander Tkachev

The Minister said in response to a question about the new conditions of supply. Tkachev noted that now Russia easily closes the deficiency of these vegetables supplies from Azerbaijan and Morocco. Minister urged to find a compromise that will suit both Russia and Turkey. He recalled that normally a shortage of vegetables, including the greenhouse comes in late autumn.

Tkachev said that the importation of tomatoes is Turkey's one of the main articles of import into Russia of agricultural products. Before the embargo it was the largest supplier of vegetable. According to the Russian customs service, by 2016 the share of Turkey had 53 percent of the total supply in monetary and 54 in real terms. Also the Ministry of agriculture said the growth of agricultural product turnover between the two countries to $ 1.2 billion (+14 percent).

The Minister added that the lifting of restrictions, including on the import of tomatoes, held on September 14 at the first meeting of Turkish-Russian Executive Committee on agriculture.


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