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President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan said that Russia was and continues to be an important trade partner and that in the interest of both countries Tajikistan's agricultural exports to the Russian market are to be increased by a factor of 1.5 In 2016. 

In 2015, the average cost of onions over the course of the 51-week season, which ended December 28, was 24.81 rubles per kilogram, according to Russia's State Statistics Agency (ROSSTAT). However, the average cost for one kilogram of onions was a bit higher -  27.77 rubles -  in 2014; in 2013 the cost average was 21.81 rubles; in 2013 – 16.77 rubles, and in 2011 the average cost was 16.01 rubles.

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.

Shipments of onions and garlic from China have again made the country Russia's leading exporter for these two products. In 2014, China supplied a combined total of 129,98 thousand tonnes of these products at a sum of US $100,22 thousand.

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.

Since the start of this year, shipments from China have declined by almost 70 percent in comparison with the results of 2014, according to a report by RBK Novosibirsk. Market participants named the devaluation of the ruble and a decrease in purchasing power as the causes for the decline in shipments.

During a meeting of the State Duma, the head of Russia's Federal Anti-monopoly Service (FAS) Igor Artyomyev announced a proposal to lower tariffs on fruit and vegetable imports until the next harvest. The proposal mainly concerns products affected by sanctions.

As reported by Interfax – Far East, quoting the words of the chairman of the Association of Applied Economics Zhang Chuntszyao, said that the main purpose of China's vegetable bases is to increase supplies of food products to Russia.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, during his first presidential visit to Russia for discussions focused on trade and military cooperation, said that Egypt is ready to cover 50 percent of Russian consumers' demand for imports of agricultural produce.

Interview with Essam Lotfy, Chairman of Alard Altayeba fresh produce exporter from Cairo, Egypt