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According to Bruno Marme, director of operations of Agronom-sad, which is developing an apple orchard in the Lebedyani Lipetsk Oblast, staff shortages and staff turnover are major issues facing the horticulture industry in Russia.

"We would be able to produce not 40 tonnes per hectare but 60 tonnes per hectare if we can solve this problem," he said.

Russia is the second biggest market for agri-food exports after the US, with exports worth around 11 billion – 12 billion euros annually, according to a report published by The Parliament, an online publication focusing on EU politics and policy. Russian sanctions have added to the mounting obstacles faced by EU farmers, including supply chain problems and the weakening of the Chinese import market.

Greenhouses crop up in the Krasnodar and Lipetsk, while the exclave of Kaliningrad looks to export its surplus of goods to the rest of Russia.

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that the country's farmers need to make efficient use of the favorable domestic conditions for development activities created by the food embargo.

Former mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, said that instead of destroying food products that have illegally entered the country, he wants to convert these items into biogas, fertilizer, fuel and/or electric power.

Armenia is increasing its fruit and vegetable supplies to Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member states following a successful crop season this year.

Azerbaijan's Minister Of Agriculture plans to create national agricultural centers in Russia's largest cities, according the a page on the web site called Trend.

Russia's Ministry of Agriculture (Minselkhoz) issued a press release confirming that the guidelines for subsidizing costs for regional farmers from the federal budget has been approved. Attention will be given to enterprises interested in modernizing the country's agricultural industry.

Russia's food embargo, initiated against a number of food products from Western countries, was initiated on August 7 of last year, and now, according to the head of Russia's Ministry of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev, domestic farmers are anticipating an extension to the political move.

Russia's Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev said that the state of affairs of domestic all-Russian agricultural production has already made farmers rethink selling to new markets for added sources of income.

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