Ilya Shestakov, head of Russia's Federal Fisheries Agency, said during the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission for Trade and Economic and Scientific-Technical Research that Russia intends to increase both the assortment and volume of product purchases of Sri Lankan products.
Belarus responded to the inquiries of Russia's Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (Rosselkhoznadzor), regarding the variety and amount of exotic fruit entering Russia from Belarus. However, the Russian service's curiosity is not satisfied with the explanations that were provided regarding the origin of these products.
Phytosanitary inspectors of Belarus explained that the origin of its papaya produce that is exported to the Russian market as well as the origins of other unusual produce is not that of Belarus. The service said that during the customs process in Belarus, the original certificates that accompanied the products are altered in a way that the country of origin is not apparent.
Increasing trade turnover between the two countries and a growth in the supplies of agricultural products became the subject of discussion within the framework of the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visit to Thailand and his meeting with Prayut Chan-o-cha, prime minister of Thailand.
News agency FruitNews continues its mini-research series to measure the tastes and preferences of Russian consumers.
Opinions of the Russian fresh produce market players gathered by FruitNews.ru demonstrated that 2013 was a difficult year for many Russian fruit and vegetables suppliers. Bad weather had negative impact on crop of some vegetables and fruit in Russia and countries – suppliers. Restrictions on fresh produce shipments to Russia from several regions of origin limited the available supply possibilities. Many companies in Moscow experienced problems with fresh produce storage, when one of the biggest warehouse complexes in this city was closed. And negative changes in consumers' behavior and purchasing power became evident at the end of the year.