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Russia destroys 20MT of U.S.-grown almonds

Russia’s food safety watchdog has intercepted and destroyed a large load of U.S. almonds allegedly smuggled into the country by a Kazakh citizen.

The U.S. is one of several countries that have faced countersanctions on foodstuff exports to Russia since August, 2014.

In an announcement yesterday, the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) said the seizure was made on July 17 following a tip-off border guards in conjunction with the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The seizure took place near the village of Mashtakov in the district of Pervomaisky in the Orenburg region, with 880 unlabeled bags full of almonds found inside a truck.

Authorities accompanied the vehicle to a landfill in Buzuluk, where the almonds were destroyed as part of a decree aimed at deterring traders from skirting the import ban.

If the same volume of 20 metric tons (MT) were to be sold at current prices listed at Costco Wholesale in the U.S., they would have been worth US$ 543,800.

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Growing interest for Argentinian fruit in Russia and Asia

Growing interest for Argentinian fruit in Russia and Asia

Salixfruits, a fruit trader based in Argentina, has truly taken off this year with the opening of offices in the United States, Mexico, and soon also in Peru, intended to carry out a double importer-exporter role. The company’s main products include pears, apples, grapes and stone fruit.

Juan Martín González Pita, founder of Salixfruits, affirms that “the firm pursues to add substantial value to the producers and help them maximise their results. We provide medium and small producers with a professionalised commercial structure with over 10 years’ experience.” 

According to González, despite the reduction of demand in absolute terms, fruit consumption levels are the same. “The difference is that people are now more careful to avoid wasting food. Supermarkets, by adopting pre-packaged formats, also contribute to this change in consumption habits.”

As for markets, Salixfruits works mainly with the Middle East, Russia and South East Asia. González explains that “these markets pay well, with fixed prices and are good to do business with. They do not ask for certificates or demand high import taxes. The only problem is that there are no logistic infrastructures or cold storage services to make large shipments.”

In Europe, the firm only makes occasional small deals with Spain and Italy. The current strategy is to close deals at fixed prices and with more guarantees, something which, according to González, the European market is not offering.

“I would be interested in developing South Africa as origin, as our clients demand South African products. Another interesting market is India, which despite not being logistically advantageous, offers a potential market of 10 million willing to pay Premium prices,” concludes Juan Martín González Pita.

For more information:
Salixfruits                                                                                         
Argentina
Juan Martín González Pita
Skype: jmgpita
[email protected]
Tel. +54 11 3221 3649
Mob. +54 911 5039 7981

Publication date: 6/27/2013


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Moroccan company expands offer in Russia

Moroccan company expands offer in Russia

It is quite inconceivable for a Russian family not to have clementines during the Christmas season. The consumption of this juicy and sweet fruit starts generally in October and lasts until April.  The first easy peeler fruit to reach Russia is a group of different clones such as Sidi Aissa, Nules, Bruno, Oronules, Orogrande… In January, Morocco offers clementine Nour, then starting from February, Nadorcott Afourer takes the stage.

Morocco is also an important supplier of vegetables to Russia. Tomato is the main product, followed by pepper and courgette. In the last 5 years, cherry tomatoes and cocktail tomatoes have risen steadily in sales year after year.

Delassus Group is one of the important supplier of Cherry tomatoes. Delassus is the owner of the exclusive brand Marrakech®. Under the Marrakech® brand, it is offering to Russian supermarkets: clementines, mandarins, cherry tomatoes and juices. Moroccan grower-exporter Delassus celebrates 65 years of exportations. The firm, which started out as a 100ha-holding supplying clementines and vegetables to France, now farms over 3,000ha in different areas across the country, operates five packhouses, handles juice processing facilities, employs 4,500 people and annually exports around 50,000 tons of produce, mainly citrus, cherry tomatoes and juices.

To date, 75% of Delassus cherry tomatoes are exported to the European Union (EU), mainly UK, and 60 % of clementines go to Russia. Delassus Group’s future plans concern all aspects of its business. The firm is planting more tomatoes to supply its Russian customers (some 50ha are on the way), and new orange groves are in the pipeline.

“Competition is getting stiffer every year especially as Morocco is improving its production of clementines and tomatoes,” says Delassus Marketing Director, Fatiha Charrat. Other producing countries are experiencing the same developments. We must boost produce demand outside the EU. Citrus consumption outside the EU 15, for example, remains very low: EU: 5.4kg per capita per year; Eastern counties: 3.8 kg per capita.  So there is still a lot to do.”

In 1960 Moroccan suppliers of citrus and the Russian market started under a clearing system.  Clementines were traded for machinery or other Russian items. Since then, the Maroc® label became the top quality symbol for citrus. It is quite inconceivable for a Russian family not to have clementines during the Christmas season.

The consumption of this juicy and sweet fruit starts generally in October and lasts until April.  The first easy peeler fruit to reach Russia is a group of different clones such as Sidi Aissa, Nules, Bruno, Oronules, Orogrande… In January, Morocco offers clementine Nour, then starting from February, Nadorcott Afourer takes the stage.

Morocco is also an important supplier of vegetables to Russia. Tomato is the main product, followed by pepper and courgette. In the last 5 years, cherry tomatoes and cocktail tomatoes have risen steadily in sales year after year.

Delassus Group will also continue to invest in its extensive tutoring program for employees’ children. Delassus launched its not-for-profit Sanady Foundation in 2006 with the aim of improving education within the local worker community. “ It is a real win-win relationship for the three parties: kids, employees and Delassus,” says Ms Charrat. “The program is a promise to kids and parents for a better life. Each year, more kids start the program. In 2006, 57 kids started the program. This year we have 4 000 kids. The need of the foundation is likely to grow each year.”

For more information:
Fatiha Charrat
Delassus Group
Tel: +212 665 186 868
[email protected]
www.delassus.com

Publication date: 12/8/2014


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Moroccan company expands offer in Russia

Moroccan company expands offer in Russia

It is quite inconceivable for a Russian family not to have clementines during the Christmas season. The consumption of this juicy and sweet fruit starts generally in October and lasts until April.  The first easy peeler fruit to reach Russia is a group of different clones such as Sidi Aissa, Nules, Bruno, Oronules, Orogrande… In January, Morocco offers clementine Nour, then starting from February, Nadorcott Afourer takes the stage.

Morocco is also an important supplier of vegetables to Russia. Tomato is the main product, followed by pepper and courgette. In the last 5 years, cherry tomatoes and cocktail tomatoes have risen steadily in sales year after year.

Delassus Group is one of the important supplier of Cherry tomatoes. Delassus is the owner of the exclusive brand Marrakech®. Under the Marrakech® brand, it is offering to Russian supermarkets: clementines, mandarins, cherry tomatoes and juices. Moroccan grower-exporter Delassus celebrates 65 years of exportations. The firm, which started out as a 100ha-holding supplying clementines and vegetables to France, now farms over 3,000ha in different areas across the country, operates five packhouses, handles juice processing facilities, employs 4,500 people and annually exports around 50,000 tons of produce, mainly citrus, cherry tomatoes and juices.

To date, 75% of Delassus cherry tomatoes are exported to the European Union (EU), mainly UK, and 60 % of clementines go to Russia. Delassus Group’s future plans concern all aspects of its business. The firm is planting more tomatoes to supply its Russian customers (some 50ha are on the way), and new orange groves are in the pipeline.

“Competition is getting stiffer every year especially as Morocco is improving its production of clementines and tomatoes,” says Delassus Marketing Director, Fatiha Charrat. Other producing countries are experiencing the same developments. We must boost produce demand outside the EU. Citrus consumption outside the EU 15, for example, remains very low: EU: 5.4kg per capita per year; Eastern counties: 3.8 kg per capita.  So there is still a lot to do.”

In 1960 Moroccan suppliers of citrus and the Russian market started under a clearing system.  Clementines were traded for machinery or other Russian items. Since then, the Maroc® label became the top quality symbol for citrus. It is quite inconceivable for a Russian family not to have clementines during the Christmas season.

The consumption of this juicy and sweet fruit starts generally in October and lasts until April.  The first easy peeler fruit to reach Russia is a group of different clones such as Sidi Aissa, Nules, Bruno, Oronules, Orogrande… In January, Morocco offers clementine Nour, then starting from February, Nadorcott Afourer takes the stage.

Morocco is also an important supplier of vegetables to Russia. Tomato is the main product, followed by pepper and courgette. In the last 5 years, cherry tomatoes and cocktail tomatoes have risen steadily in sales year after year.

Delassus Group will also continue to invest in its extensive tutoring program for employees’ children. Delassus launched its not-for-profit Sanady Foundation in 2006 with the aim of improving education within the local worker community. “ It is a real win-win relationship for the three parties: kids, employees and Delassus,” says Ms Charrat. “The program is a promise to kids and parents for a better life. Each year, more kids start the program. In 2006, 57 kids started the program. This year we have 4 000 kids. The need of the foundation is likely to grow each year.”

For more information:
Fatiha Charrat
Delassus Group
Tel: +212 665 186 868
[email protected]
www.delassus.com

Publication date: 12/8/2014


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Russia sets up domestic food aid programme

Turkish export Russia +30%
Russia sets up domestic food aid programme

In the first nine months of this year, Turkey exported 30% more fruit and vegetables to Russia. That means Russia has a share of 53% in Turkish export. Moroccan exporters are more cautious. Although the country is looking to increase export to Russia, exporters also fear a repetition of last year’s events, when the Russian market was flooded with fruit from Morocco, Egypt, South Africa and Turkey, causing many exporters to suffer losses. Prices in Russia showed varying trends in September, with lemons, for instance, getting 25% more expensive, while prices for oranges and grapes went down. Russia is also looking to set up a domestic food aid programme, with the government buying products for social organizations. And a shipment of illegal top fruit was intercepted in the city of Tula. The apples were confiscated, the pears sent back.

The EU made a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) about the Russian boycott of Polish fruit and vegetables. Russia says it blocks trade because of diseases, but according to the EU, the measures are disproportional, because only 0.1% of shipments were found to be contaminated. This is about the extra sanctions against Poland, in addition to the boycott in response to the European sanctions.

Ukraine will not impose countersanctions
Ukraine also objected to the tougher Russian rules. Ukraine adjusted its phytosanitary control system in response to the trade agreement with the EU. The Eastern European country is convinced that additional Russian sanctions will follow, as announced last week. Ukraine says it will not take countermeasures. Russian import is inspected according to protocols, without political interference. For the export, Ukraine will look for new markets, including Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Polish apples intercepted
In Tula, a city south of Moscow, a large shipment of apples and pears from Poland was discovered. The apples were being stored in the city. The fruit was intended to be sold in the city. The inspection confiscated 96 boxes of apples, the Conference pears will be sent back.

Huge price differences Moscow
Prices for fruit and vegetables in Moscow show widely differing trends. According to the federal statistics bureau, a number of prices have gone down in September, while other products have become significantly more expensive. Cucumber prices went up by 5.8%, bananas became 6% more expensive, and lemons take the biscuit with a 25% increase. Other products got cheaper. Prices for grapes went down (-19.3%), carrots, potatoes, cabbage, beets and onions got 7.2-13.1% cheaper. Prices for pears, garlic, tomatoes and oranges decreased by 4.2%.

Russia sets up domestic food aid
The government in Moscow has adopted a plan to set up an internal food aid programme. Within the context of this programme, the state will buy agricultural products for social institutions, and invest in the food aid infrastructure. Another purpose of the programme, however, is to support the domestic agriculture industry within the WTO rules.

Turkish export to Russia +30%
In the period from January until September, Turkey exported 916,292 tonnes of vegetables in total. That’s 1% more than the same period last year. 907,238 tonnes were shipped then. Income from export has also gone up by 5%, to more than 434 million euros.

53% of Turkish export went to Russia, which means Russia remains the most important destination. Between January and September 2014, sales of fresh vegetables to Russia increased by 30%, reaching 413,602 tonnes. This increase amounted to 9% of the income, with 229 million euros. After Russia, the most important markets are: Bulgaria with 27 million euros; Germany with over 26 million euros; Ukraine with just over 23 million euros, and Romania with nearly 22 million euros. Tomatoes are the main export product, with 54% of the volume and 65% of the value. The first nine months of last year, 385,887 tonnes of tomatoes were exported, while this year the volume went up by 28% (493,795 tonnes) in the same period. Income from this supply went up by 14%, to over 280 million euros. Bell pepper export amounts to 49 million euros; cucumbers 30 million euros, onions 26 million and courgettes 20 million euros.

New approach Moroccan citrus exporters
The Moroccan export to Russia will get started soon. Authorities have taken measures in order to prevent last season’s mistakes. The authorities fear that Moscow, with the large amount of fruit coming from Egypt, South Africa and Turkey, will become an outlet for Moroccan fresh produce.
Last year, Morocco exported 586,000 tonnes of citrus, and the country increased its export to Russia from 120,000 to 200,000 tonnes of fruit. The Russian market proved unable to take up all the Moroccan fruit. Plummeting prices made the situation worse, causing growers, who worked with consignment sale, to suffer serious losses.

Moroccan authorities have implemented reforms this year. The most important of these is the establishment of a coordinating committee for citrus, bringing together specialists within the entire chain. The committee will closely follow the markets, and occupy itself with logistic aspects and export.

Supermarket Okay opens new branch in Ural
Russian retailer Okay has opened a new branch in Orenburg. The store has an area of 11,630 m2, and a sales area of 7600 m2. There’s room for 35,000 products. Okay comprises 56 hypermarkets and 35 supermarkets.

Publication date: 10/21/2014
Author: Rudolf Mulderij
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Insufficient apple supply in Russia

Insufficient apple supply in Russia

Russia stopped a shipment of Vietnamese cashews having entered Russia through Estonia. The country of origin wasn’t a matter for discussion this time, but a label was missing on the pallets. After thorough inspection of the pallets, the shipment of nuts was finally allowed into Russia. Russian producer organizations expect apple prices to increase significantly. Domestic cultivation is a lot less than consumption, and storage facilities are insufficient. Prime Minister Medvedev announced more energy will be put into Russian breeding and seed companies. This way, Russia is looking to become self-sufficient for seeds and seedlings as well.

Cashews stopped because of missing pallet label
The Russian phytosanitary inspection has stopped a shipment of cashews. That happened in Tver and Pskov at the border with Estonia. The nuts from Vietnam were imported into Russia through Estonia. This time it wasn’t the country of origin that caused the halting of the shipment, but a missing label on the pallets. For import, a label is required on the pallets to indicate that the pallet has been disinfected and does not carry any wood diseases. After a thorough inspection, the nuts were allowed into Russia after all.

Apple prices will go up
The Association of Russian Gardeners thinks prices for apples will go up. Their estimation amounts to 60 roubles (1.20 Euro) per kilo. According to the association’s chairman, the supply of apples is insufficient for meeting demand during the entire season. Starting early 2015, a shortage of apples is expected. Storage facilities are also insufficient, slowing down production. According to the organization, total apple consumption is 2 million tonnes per year, while domestic production amounts to 500-600,000 MT. Usually, domestic cultivation was on the market until December, after which the apples were imported; mainly from Poland and Moldova.

Medvedev wants own breeding
Russian Prime Minister Medvedev wants Russia to become less dependent on import of seeds and seedlings. This is one of the agenda items during a meeting on agricultural achievements this season. “Extra attention is needed to decrease our dependence on the import of seeds,” Medvedev said. The Prime Minister also announced extra grants would be made available for Russian breeding companies.

Agricultural growth slowing down
Specialists at the Russian Ministry of Agriculture expect production growth in the sector to slow down this year. The ministry announced this during the opening of the ‘Zolataya Osen’, an exhibition for the agricultural sector. According to expectations, the growth will amount to between 2-3% for 2014. Last year, production increased by 5.8%.

Udmurtia increases acreage
The republic of Udmurtia, in central Russia, is investing in the horticulture sector. The region wants to grow berries and other fruit at a commercial scale, at existing farms. One farmer already had 5 hectares allocated for an apple orchard. Over the coming years, the acreage and the number of cultivated varieties will have to increase. The regional government also hopes to sign contracts, so that the farmers are guaranteed to be able to sell.

Export Bulgaria decreases
In August, Bulgaria’s export decreased by about 33%. This can partially be explained by the closed Russian border, but the export to other countries decreased by the same percentage. All in all, the Eastern European country exported 4.7 million lev (2.4 million Euro) in August, while a year earlier that was still 5.9 million lev (3 million Euro). The most important cause of the decreasing export is the rainy summer, causing lacklustre volumes.
Statistics over the first eight months of this year show that export has been decreasing for a while. The Bulgarian export decreased by 3.4% compared to last year.

Publication date: 10/17/2014
Author: Rudolf Mulderij
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Insufficient apple supply in Russia

Insufficient apple supply in Russia

Russia stopped a shipment of Vietnamese cashews having entered Russia through Estonia. The country of origin wasn’t a matter for discussion this time, but a label was missing on the pallets. After thorough inspection of the pallets, the shipment of nuts was finally allowed into Russia. Russian producer organizations expect apple prices to increase significantly. Domestic cultivation is a lot less than consumption, and storage facilities are insufficient. Prime Minister Medvedev announced more energy will be put into Russian breeding and seed companies. This way, Russia is looking to become self-sufficient for seeds and seedlings as well.

Cashews stopped because of missing pallet label
The Russian phytosanitary inspection has stopped a shipment of cashews. That happened in Tver and Pskov at the border with Estonia. The nuts from Vietnam were imported into Russia through Estonia. This time it wasn’t the country of origin that caused the halting of the shipment, but a missing label on the pallets. For import, a label is required on the pallets to indicate that the pallet has been disinfected and does not carry any wood diseases. After a thorough inspection, the nuts were allowed into Russia after all.

Apple prices will go up
The Association of Russian Gardeners thinks prices for apples will go up. Their estimation amounts to 60 roubles (1.20 Euro) per kilo. According to the association’s chairman, the supply of apples is insufficient for meeting demand during the entire season. Starting early 2015, a shortage of apples is expected. Storage facilities are also insufficient, slowing down production. According to the organization, total apple consumption is 2 million tonnes per year, while domestic production amounts to 500-600,000 MT. Usually, domestic cultivation was on the market until December, after which the apples were imported; mainly from Poland and Moldova.

Medvedev wants own breeding
Russian Prime Minister Medvedev wants Russia to become less dependent on import of seeds and seedlings. This is one of the agenda items during a meeting on agricultural achievements this season. “Extra attention is needed to decrease our dependence on the import of seeds,” Medvedev said. The Prime Minister also announced extra grants would be made available for Russian breeding companies.

Agricultural growth slowing down
Specialists at the Russian Ministry of Agriculture expect production growth in the sector to slow down this year. The ministry announced this during the opening of the ‘Zolataya Osen’, an exhibition for the agricultural sector. According to expectations, the growth will amount to between 2-3% for 2014. Last year, production increased by 5.8%.

Udmurtia increases acreage
The republic of Udmurtia, in central Russia, is investing in the horticulture sector. The region wants to grow berries and other fruit at a commercial scale, at existing farms. One farmer already had 5 hectares allocated for an apple orchard. Over the coming years, the acreage and the number of cultivated varieties will have to increase. The regional government also hopes to sign contracts, so that the farmers are guaranteed to be able to sell.

Export Bulgaria decreases
In August, Bulgaria’s export decreased by about 33%. This can partially be explained by the closed Russian border, but the export to other countries decreased by the same percentage. All in all, the Eastern European country exported 4.7 million lev (2.4 million Euro) in August, while a year earlier that was still 5.9 million lev (3 million Euro). The most important cause of the decreasing export is the rainy summer, causing lacklustre volumes.
Statistics over the first eight months of this year show that export has been decreasing for a while. The Bulgarian export decreased by 3.4% compared to last year.

Publication date: 10/17/2014
Author: Rudolf Mulderij
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Insufficient apple supply in Russia

Insufficient apple supply in Russia

Russia stopped a shipment of Vietnamese cashews having entered Russia through Estonia. The country of origin wasn’t a matter for discussion this time, but a label was missing on the pallets. After thorough inspection of the pallets, the shipment of nuts was finally allowed into Russia. Russian producer organizations expect apple prices to increase significantly. Domestic cultivation is a lot less than consumption, and storage facilities are insufficient. Prime Minister Medvedev announced more energy will be put into Russian breeding and seed companies. This way, Russia is looking to become self-sufficient for seeds and seedlings as well.

Cashews stopped because of missing pallet label
The Russian phytosanitary inspection has stopped a shipment of cashews. That happened in Tver and Pskov at the border with Estonia. The nuts from Vietnam were imported into Russia through Estonia. This time it wasn’t the country of origin that caused the halting of the shipment, but a missing label on the pallets. For import, a label is required on the pallets to indicate that the pallet has been disinfected and does not carry any wood diseases. After a thorough inspection, the nuts were allowed into Russia after all.

Apple prices will go up
The Association of Russian Gardeners thinks prices for apples will go up. Their estimation amounts to 60 roubles (1.20 Euro) per kilo. According to the association’s chairman, the supply of apples is insufficient for meeting demand during the entire season. Starting early 2015, a shortage of apples is expected. Storage facilities are also insufficient, slowing down production. According to the organization, total apple consumption is 2 million tonnes per year, while domestic production amounts to 500-600,000 MT. Usually, domestic cultivation was on the market until December, after which the apples were imported; mainly from Poland and Moldova.

Medvedev wants own breeding
Russian Prime Minister Medvedev wants Russia to become less dependent on import of seeds and seedlings. This is one of the agenda items during a meeting on agricultural achievements this season. “Extra attention is needed to decrease our dependence on the import of seeds,” Medvedev said. The Prime Minister also announced extra grants would be made available for Russian breeding companies.

Agricultural growth slowing down
Specialists at the Russian Ministry of Agriculture expect production growth in the sector to slow down this year. The ministry announced this during the opening of the ‘Zolataya Osen’, an exhibition for the agricultural sector. According to expectations, the growth will amount to between 2-3% for 2014. Last year, production increased by 5.8%.

Udmurtia increases acreage
The republic of Udmurtia, in central Russia, is investing in the horticulture sector. The region wants to grow berries and other fruit at a commercial scale, at existing farms. One farmer already had 5 hectares allocated for an apple orchard. Over the coming years, the acreage and the number of cultivated varieties will have to increase. The regional government also hopes to sign contracts, so that the farmers are guaranteed to be able to sell.

Export Bulgaria decreases
In August, Bulgaria’s export decreased by about 33%. This can partially be explained by the closed Russian border, but the export to other countries decreased by the same percentage. All in all, the Eastern European country exported 4.7 million lev (2.4 million Euro) in August, while a year earlier that was still 5.9 million lev (3 million Euro). The most important cause of the decreasing export is the rainy summer, causing lacklustre volumes.
Statistics over the first eight months of this year show that export has been decreasing for a while. The Bulgarian export decreased by 3.4% compared to last year.

Publication date: 10/17/2014
Author: Rudolf Mulderij
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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Insufficient apple supply in Russia

Insufficient apple supply in Russia

Russia stopped a shipment of Vietnamese cashews having entered Russia through Estonia. The country of origin wasn’t a matter for discussion this time, but a label was missing on the pallets. After thorough inspection of the pallets, the shipment of nuts was finally allowed into Russia. Russian producer organizations expect apple prices to increase significantly. Domestic cultivation is a lot less than consumption, and storage facilities are insufficient. Prime Minister Medvedev announced more energy will be put into Russian breeding and seed companies. This way, Russia is looking to become self-sufficient for seeds and seedlings as well.

Cashews stopped because of missing pallet label
The Russian phytosanitary inspection has stopped a shipment of cashews. That happened in Tver and Pskov at the border with Estonia. The nuts from Vietnam were imported into Russia through Estonia. This time it wasn’t the country of origin that caused the halting of the shipment, but a missing label on the pallets. For import, a label is required on the pallets to indicate that the pallet has been disinfected and does not carry any wood diseases. After a thorough inspection, the nuts were allowed into Russia after all.

Apple prices will go up
The Association of Russian Gardeners thinks prices for apples will go up. Their estimation amounts to 60 roubles (1.20 Euro) per kilo. According to the association’s chairman, the supply of apples is insufficient for meeting demand during the entire season. Starting early 2015, a shortage of apples is expected. Storage facilities are also insufficient, slowing down production. According to the organization, total apple consumption is 2 million tonnes per year, while domestic production amounts to 500-600,000 MT. Usually, domestic cultivation was on the market until December, after which the apples were imported; mainly from Poland and Moldova.

Medvedev wants own breeding
Russian Prime Minister Medvedev wants Russia to become less dependent on import of seeds and seedlings. This is one of the agenda items during a meeting on agricultural achievements this season. “Extra attention is needed to decrease our dependence on the import of seeds,” Medvedev said. The Prime Minister also announced extra grants would be made available for Russian breeding companies.

Agricultural growth slowing down
Specialists at the Russian Ministry of Agriculture expect production growth in the sector to slow down this year. The ministry announced this during the opening of the ‘Zolataya Osen’, an exhibition for the agricultural sector. According to expectations, the growth will amount to between 2-3% for 2014. Last year, production increased by 5.8%.

Udmurtia increases acreage
The republic of Udmurtia, in central Russia, is investing in the horticulture sector. The region wants to grow berries and other fruit at a commercial scale, at existing farms. One farmer already had 5 hectares allocated for an apple orchard. Over the coming years, the acreage and the number of cultivated varieties will have to increase. The regional government also hopes to sign contracts, so that the farmers are guaranteed to be able to sell.

Export Bulgaria decreases
In August, Bulgaria’s export decreased by about 33%. This can partially be explained by the closed Russian border, but the export to other countries decreased by the same percentage. All in all, the Eastern European country exported 4.7 million lev (2.4 million Euro) in August, while a year earlier that was still 5.9 million lev (3 million Euro). The most important cause of the decreasing export is the rainy summer, causing lacklustre volumes.
Statistics over the first eight months of this year show that export has been decreasing for a while. The Bulgarian export decreased by 3.4% compared to last year.

Publication date: 10/17/2014
Author: Rudolf Mulderij
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