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Russian Deputy Agricultural Minister Sergei Levin and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries of the Eastern Republic Tabare Aguerre signed an agreement of cooperation on February 10 under the framework of the international agricultural exhibition “ProdExpo 2016”.

As a result of research conducted by Professor Amir Khaiman of Eurasian University along with specialists of the Export Institute and officials of Israel's Ministry of Agriculture, Israel's farmers were advised to re-examine their export options as the Russian market poses as many risks as it does opportunity. 

Northeast of the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk is the Krasnodar Krai, the economic center of southern Russia. The new year brings with it some lingering consequences of the past year.  Having commented on what can be expected in 2016, Deputy Director of Russian Agricultural Bank (Rosselkhozbank) of the Krasnodar region, Oleg Tonkonog, discussed with IA FruitNews some of the hurdles and opportunities that can be expected in the future.

The owner of the largest greenhouse facilities in Russia's Central Federal District and General Director of AgroInvest Alexey Soshnikov was reported in saying that Russia could rapidly improve tomato production to the point that 100 percent of consumer demands would be met by domestic growers. AgroInvest's greenhouse facility also specializes in growing cucumbers.

Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's prime minister, noted the overall endurance and ability of the nation's agricultural sector to withstand the increased workload created by the pressures of present-day circumstances.

Nenad Budimovic, secretary of the Association of Serbia's Chamber of Commerce for Agriculture, confirmed that the total amount of agricultural and food products exported to Russia from Serbia is expected to see an on the year for 2015.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, during the XII Inter-regional Cooperation Forum discussed a number of bilateral cooperation matters including on the grounds of the countries' agricultural industrial complex and providing food safety.

Russia's Deputy Prime Minister, Arkady Dvorkovich, was quoted last week as saying that the country's Cabinet of Ministers had approved a decision to ban the cultivation and production of products with genetically modified organisms (GMO) in Russia.

Officials of Tunisia and Russia came together to discuss the possibilities of creating a joint facility for agricultural produce during an organizational meeting. Vice President of Russia's Chamber of Commerce and Industry Georgy Petrov and Abdelmajid Ezzar, president of Tunisian Union of Agriculture and Fisheries; Tunisia's Ambassador to Russia Ali Gutali as well as Jillian Luati, president of the Tunisian-Russian Trade Industry, participated in the meeting.

Russia’s Minister of Agriculture, Alexander Tkachev, while attending the Eastern Economic Forum, said that not only in terms of producing food in large quantities does the region show potential, but also in terms of producing sustainable organic agriculture.

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