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According to Russia’s Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) the total harvest volume of fruit and berry production at orchards of agricultural organisations in 2015 dropped by 5.1 percent on the year to 612.5 thousand tonnes. The average amount harvested per hectare of land, however, grew by 13.3 percent – 9.7 tonnes per hectare.

The newly opened trading center of Belarusian goods - “Mytishinskoy Fair” – in the Moscow Region aims to promote imported products from neighboring countries.

According to a forecast developed by the Deputy Minister for the Northern Caucasus Federal District (SKFO) and chairman of the board of directors of the North Caucasus Development Corporation, Odessa Baysulatov, if the share of fruits and vegetables from the federal district in the country's capital currently amounts to 3 percent, by 2018 it could reach as much as 10 percent.

An increase in the supplies of various types of food products from Kazakhstan exported to Russia have gained popularity among Moscow consumers, Aleksei Nemeryuk, head of the capital's Department of Trade and Services, said.

Foreign enterprises interested in exporting their products to Russian markets, now have their chance to house their goods at the trade center Food City. Interested suppliers include enterprises from Iran, Mexico, Syria, Tunisia, Georgia, China, India, Morocco, Turkey, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia and others.

The agreement, initiating the beginning of a cooperation between Moscow and Hanoi, was concluded as a result of the two countries coming together during a visit in Russia's capital.

According to a press release of the Ministry of Economy of Kyrgyzstan, there are several dozen Russian companies that have turned their attention to potential partnerships with Kyrgyz companies that have offered to start making shipments to Russia to provide large amounts of many types of agricultural products.

Producers and retailers alike say that they are divided on the key indicators for the development of the market in the event that new amendments to the trade law are adopted. On September 16, the second conference of the “Supplier and Retail Network: the practice of effective collaboration” will gather industry leaders to analyze the areas of cooperation under the new conditions.

Russian regions, in which large retail networks and hypermarkets hardly exert a presence, have untapped potential. Because the average purchasing power of Russians has dropped, hypermarkets could get a leg up on local competition by offering low prices and a large assortment of goods, said Maxim Palt, senior analyst for market research at the consulting firm CBRE Group, Inc.

Head of Moscow's Department of Trade and Services Alexei Nemeryuk said during a press conference that European food products have made their way to Russian store shelves. Although, it's difficult to determine in which country the products were produced, he said.

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