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A year into Russia's embargo against western countries, Belarus emerges as the country's largest supplier of kiwis, having supplied 10 thousand tonnes of 53 thousand tonnes of kiwis imported by this market. Kiwis, naturally of course, do not grow in Belarus.

Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) approved 17 Moldovan fruit suppliers to return to the market after investigations did not reveal quarantine objects.

According to data presented by analysts studying the value of exported products, 2014 was more productive in terms of exports than the previous four years. The total value of shipments under the category of 08TN traders increased by 0.5 percent and amounted to $82.9 million in monetary terms (a negative trade balance equals $5.324 billion).

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, during his visit to Kaliningrad, called for an increase in the amount of applications for subsidies directed at supporting the development of industrial horticulture in the region. According to analysts' forecasts, ahead of sufficient support from the government, Kaliningrad farmers will be able to fully provide the region with pears and apples.

According to an official letter from Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor), the agency will allow fruit imports from Moldova and Transdniestria starting June 12. Until next month, the resumption of shipments will act only in test mode.

Arriving on the ship “Summer Flower”, 4,000 tonnes of citrus fruits, pears and apples arrived in Russia in the docks of St. Petersburg. This is the first shipment of its kind from South African farmers for the main season and included supplies of citrus and pome fruits. These shipments typically last between May and the end of November.

Russia's Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) said that it will allow a greater number of shipments of dried fruits and berries from Georgia in an official announcement on November 10.

From September 26 – 29, journalists at FruitNews set out to evaluate the situation on the shelves in fruit sections at six large retail networks in Moscow, and then compared their findings to the product prices of the previous year.

Sergey Avdeev, acting head of Novosibirsk customs, said during a conference that the African country of Kenya, which has not previously supplied fruit or vegetables to the Russian region, will soon supply products to the region's grocery outlets.

Press Office of the Russia - Republic of South Africa Business Council discussed possibilities resulting from the Russian ban of fruit and vegetables import from Europe, Norway, USA, Canada and Australia

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