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As a result of inspections conducted by Russia's Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor), the head of the agency, Anna Popova, said that 18 tonnes of Turkish contraband were found during the first week of 2016, and a week later this amount increased to a total of 22 tonnes of prohibited goods.

The head of Russia's Federal Service for Surveillance of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) Anna Popova said that the fact that restrictions on Ukrainian and Turkish produce will be in full force as of January 1. She added that food that does not comply with the requirements or that is prohibited for entry into Russia after this date will be destroyed.

Governor of the Sverdlovsk Oblast Yevgeny Kuyvashev during the Russian-Azerbaijan forum said that the agreement for the establishment of the logistics center was signed at the Innoprom exhibition in 2014.

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.

Seeking to take advantage of the opportunities - deficits of particular agricultural products - brought about by the Russian food embargo, Azerbaijan's agricultural producers are targeting the greenhouse industry and attracting funds to build new greenhouse complexes in an attempt to reach the prospects located in the Russian market.

Belarus responded to the inquiries of Russia's Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (Rosselkhoznadzor), regarding the variety and amount of exotic fruit entering Russia from Belarus. However, the Russian service's curiosity is not satisfied with the explanations that were provided regarding the origin of these products.

Alexander Tkachev, the head of Russia's Ministry of Agriculture, brought to the table during a meeting, which Russian President Vladimir Putin attended, the topic that inspections of pesticides used in agriculture should be conducted regularly.

The DISCOVERY Research Group recently published that Russia had 2,9 thousand hectares of greenhouse facilities by the end of 2014, an increase of 34 percent on the year, and from this area agriculturalists harvested 690,8 thousand tonnes of greenhouse vegetables.

Phytosanitary inspectors of Belarus explained that the origin of its papaya produce that is exported to the Russian market as well as the origins of other unusual produce is not that of Belarus. The service said that during the customs process in Belarus, the original certificates that accompanied the products are altered in a way that the country of origin is not apparent.

Konstantin Babkin, president of the Industrial Union Novoe Sodruzhestvo and owner of the machine-building plant Rostselmash, announced that his company will launch commercial sales operations at its new locations in Great Britain, Serbia and Croatia in 2016.

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