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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).

The Director General of the Ukrainian Association of Retail Chain Suppliers Alexey Doroshenko, in an interview with the information agency Ukrainian News, said that the recent drop in prices of vegetables and fruits on the Ukrainian market is in response to Russia's restrictions on Turkish goods.

A bill that would penalize the sale of sanctioned food products with a fine of up to 1 million rubles again reaches the State Duma, the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia

Fresh Business Expo Ukraine, which will take place from 29 November – 1 December 2016 in Kiev, Ukraine, will host a collective participation organised by “AGF Promotie” from The Netherlands.

Due to repeated violations of Phytosanitary and safety requirements, Ukraine’s Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service is issuing a ban, Deputy Chief of the Phytosanitary Inspector Vitaly Romanchenko said.

Transporting goods from Ukraine and headed for Kazakhstan left for Russia on January 19. The cargo was moving under the supervision of Russian customs officers, who confirmed that these are the new conditions for cargo transportation from Ukraine passing through Russia, Natalia Mikolskaya, Ukraine's deputy minister of economy.

Discussions were underway last week on the Ukrainian side about the possibility of expanding the list of prohibited Russian products banned from entering the country.

During the “Gaidar Forum 2016”, deputy minister of Russia's Ministry of Agriculture (Minselkhoz) Sergey Levin said that the government is working in the interest of Russian producers and consumers in developing the list of prohibited Ukrainian and Turkish import items.

Ukrainian officials stated that shipments en route to Kazakhstan were stopped at the border with Russia, contrary to a Russian decree, in which it stated that transit of Ukrainian goods through Russia are permissible if entering by way of Belarus.

Russian exporters are not expected to suffer huge loses as a result Ukraine's ban on Russian goods that took effect on January 10, according to Russia's Ministry of Agriculture (Minselkhoz).

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