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January to March of this year, the volume of potatoes, onions, cabbage, carrots and beets imported by Ukraine increased by nearly a factor of seven, compared to the first quarter of 2015 due to make up for “seasonal factors”, the director of the Ukrainian Club of Agrarian Business Taras Vysotsky said during a Ukrainian radio program on Golos Stolitsiy (The Voice of the Capital).

Author: Irina Koziy, RK Marketing/Fruit News Director

There is an active, ongoing discussion in media regarding a story about an export scheme in which Polish fruits were passed off as Moldovan with counterfeit certificates. Even federal television channels gave screen time to the revelation of this issue. Moldovan officials and businessmen from Belarus, Lithuania and Estonia are being blamed for the "Moldovication" of 20 thousand tonnes of Polish products that had found a second home in the eastern European country.

According to China's agency for inspections and quarantine of exports and imports in the Heilongjiang Province, demand for Chinese agricultural products is on the rise due to increases in the value of the ruble, heightened purchasing capacity among Russians and other factors.

Not far from the border with Russia, Belarusian police seized 32 tractor trailers filled with vegetables and fruit, which would have been considered contraband under Russia's current list of sanctions, that were headed for the eastern market.

The Russian Federation is seeking to increase vegetable and fruit imports from Jordan, considering that after restrictions against Turkish products opened up a niche in the Russian produce market, the head of the Ministry of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev told journalists.

According to a report by Tass on March 24, member states of the Eurasian Economic Union decreased tariffs on pistachios and figs for the foreseeable future and removed duties on dried grapes until the end of May 2019.

The Russian Federation is seeking to increase vegetable and fruit imports from Jordan to fill the niche left by Turkish products, the head of the Ministry of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev told journalists.

Belarusian exporters continue to increase exports of fruits and vegetables to Russia, filling a hole in the produce market share that opened up following the embargo. As a result, imports into Belarus have simultaneously been on the rise alongside its export volumes largely due to Russia's counter-measures. Frozen fruits, vegetables, lettuce, onions, stone fruit, garlic, apples and pears are the sectors that suffered the most in the Russian market because it is difficult to find replacements to these types of produce. However, these are also the categories that have seen impressive increases in Belarusian imports over the course of the year with distinct increases in exports of these categories supplied to the Russian market in 2015.

Alexander Tkachev, head of Russia's Ministry of Agriclture (Minselkhoz), said that exporters of the United Arab Emirates that offer quality fruit and vegetable products are welcome to try to replace Russian-sanctioned Turkish products.

Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, met with the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, who travelled to Russia for an official visit to discuss pressing issues facing the countries' cooperation as well as international issues.

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