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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.

The results of a survey that had 5,000 participants over 18 years old in Russia revealed that people are interested in knowing where their groceries come from.

According to Russia's Ministry of Agriculture, as of March 6, 2016 (from January 1 to March 6), the volume of imported agricultural products from Morocco to Russia increased by 43.9% to US $126.6 million. Of this amount, tomatoes grew by nearly three times as much to 44 thousand tonnes, while the supply volume of other vegetables grew by nearly twice as much - up to about 2 thousand tonnes.

A research branch of Russia's Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) reported that during the month of February the Top-10 import countries that violated quarantine regulations when pests were detected on their products alone have accounted for 73% of all violations reported in February.

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

Imports of foreign produce imports to the Sverdlovsk Oblast of Russia decreased by a proportion of six times on the year, according to Svetlana Terekhova, deputy director of Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosaniary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor).

The Russian retailer DIXY released a press release stating that the company is ready to replace now-prohibited Turkish fruit and vegetable imports with more and various products grown in Iran.

On the topic of nutrition

By Irina Koziy, general director of IA “FruitNews”

Already nearly a year and a half have gone by, and, for me, it's still difficult to understand why, of all things, were fish, meat, milk products, vegetables and fruits banned as a result of Russia's tussle with European countries, Ukraine and Turkey. After all, this list includes all the products that are of benefit to consumer health, and no less important are dried fruit and nuts.

Russia and Uzbekistan's trade relationship has been characterized by negative dynamics, which are aided by unfavorable economic environment. According to Vladimir Tyurdenova, Russia's ambassador to Uzbekistan, bilateral trade turnover January to September experienced a 29.2 percent drop to US $2.14 billion.

From January to June, the Russian market purchased US $207 thousand worth of Mongolian vegetables, roots and tubers.

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