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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.

According to the official data of Rosstat, and the results of the distribution of retail price reporting on the 51st week of 2015, which concluded the season on December 28, the national average price of one kilogram of cabbage was 22.99 rubles. For comparison, at the end of 2014 (December 29 and 51 weeks), the average price was 28.72 rubles in 2013 (30 of December and 52 reporting week) it was 17.86 rubles; in 2012 (24 of December and 51 weeks) - 15 71 rubles and 10.56 rubles in 2011 (December 26 and 51 reporting week).

One of the largest in the region, the Astrakhan Canning Company will begin production and supplying frozen broccoli and cauliflower to the Russian market by next season, increasing the overall share of locally grown frozen products available on the market, as confirmed by General Director Khalid Al Khulaif.

The agency's forecast of a $2.3 billion profit – a 25 percent increase over the previous season - is attributed to the country's ability to domestically grow its own exports, Vladimir Grakun, deputy minister of Agriculture and Food of Belarus, said during a press conference.

More than 19 tonnes of cabbage were sent to Poland from Russia's Kaliningrad Oblast according to a press release of the regional Rospotrebnadzor office, where specialists were working on the necessary phytosanitary documentation to conduct the shipments.

Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosaniary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) reported that that the amount of pesticides found in imported tomatoes, carrots, cabbage, apples and grapes has significantly decreased.

According to TASS, quoting Mina Shibzukhov, the general director of Prokhladnoye, a modern and large vegetable-storage facility, the size of which surpasses any currently in Europe, will begin operations and production this summer.

The Russian government will review the minimum cost of living for residents. The Ministry of Labor has already published a draft project, which was drawn up during the first quarter of 2015. In general, rises in food prices have contributed to a 17.3 percent increase of the minimum cost of living per capita.

According to Armenia's Minister of Agriculture, Sergo Karapetyan, following the country's ascension to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEC), has received favorable conditions for the production and export of agricultural products.

The cost of fruit and vegetable products on store shelves in Novosibirsk has increased on average by 18.5 percent. Andrew Hardin, general director of the greenhouse complex Novosibirsky, said that it is due to the lack of a market for local agricultural products, which have almost completely been replaced by imported products.

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