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Eight farms in the Stavropol region are expecting to harvest a combined total of 200 tonnes of strawberries this season. This volume could be a new record for the region, which harvested 100 tonnes of strawberries last year.

In response to the comments of Russia's prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, regarding the quality of Polish fruit and vegetable products, the head of Poland's Union of Orchards, Miroslav Malishevsky, wants the official to take a look at Poland's orchards for himself.

As reported on the sidelines of the Turkish-Russian business forum, Alexey Ulyukayev, minister of Economic Development of Russia (Mineconomrazvitiye), said that the country needs to relax the food embargo at the request of Greece and Hungary, gradually eliminating food items from the list. In particular, it would apply to peach, strawberry, mandarin orange, nectarine and cherry imports.

Assistant to the head of Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) Alexey Alexeenko said that by next Monday inspectors of the agency will start inspecting Greek enterprises that are interested in resuming shipments of agricultural supplies to the Russian market.

Negotiations regarding a possible partnership to develop horticultural projects took place between Italy's Honorary Consul General Pierpaolo Lodigiani and Lev Kuznetsov, minister of North Caucasus Affairs.

As reported in a television broadcast on Vesti.Novosibirksky, the agricultural cooperative Sady Baraby previously competed with Poland in supplying the Russian berry market. Now that products from Poland are banned in Russia, Sady Baraby considers this situation as a new chance to engage in development activities, according to the report.

Six farms in Tatarstan have come together to form a new horticultural association, according to a report published by Tatar-inform.

The Head of the agricultural firm Churilovo, Sergey Chigintsev, said that the company is currently considering a new project that would involve the production and processing of fruits and berries, according to a report by TASS.

According to multiple media reports, Russia has been mulling a ban on all fruit imports from Greece.

A regional program, Organizations for the Production of Strawberry Gardens in the Belgorod Oblast Based on the Cluster Approach, was able to sell 300 kilograms ( 0.3 tonnes ) of strawberries last week, as reported in the organization's publication.

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