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Russia's embargo on fresh produce from European Union member states, the US and allied countries has been in force for over a year and a half. Also, in January of this year, Turkish exports including tomatoes, cucumbers and some greens were restricted.

Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, met with the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, who travelled to Russia for an official visit to discuss pressing issues facing the countries' cooperation as well as international issues.

Iranian exporters sent 20 tonnes of tomatoes to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) on February 3, according to a public relations representative of Russia’s Southern Customs Department.

The recently registered UzAgroImport is a company intent on increasing the volume of Uzbek agricultural products on the Russian market.

Information about the introduction of bans on fruit and vegetable products from Turkey caused anxiety for the industrial market, which specialists are comparing to the restrictions of supplies during the summer of 2014.

The owner of the largest greenhouse facilities in Russia's Central Federal District and General Director of AgroInvest Alexey Soshnikov was reported in saying that Russia could rapidly improve tomato production to the point that 100 percent of consumer demands would be met by domestic growers. AgroInvest's greenhouse facility also specializes in growing cucumbers.

Despite that weekly inflation between October 27 and November 2 stayed the same as the week prior (at 0.2 percent), the price of cucumbers and tomatoes increased significantly by 31.5 percent and 22.2 percent, respectively, according to Russia's Federal State Statistics Service.

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.

During a meeting between Elina Polyanskaya, the regional minister of economic development, and members of the Iranian delegation from the province of Mazandaran, Iran, led by the adviser to the Governor-General Shara the two sides reached an agreement to cooperate on a project to implement tomato production by an Iranian company.

Armenia's Ministry of Agriculture (Minselkhoz) reported in a press release that the share of its country's supplies to the Russian market has jumped from 30 percent to 83 percent.

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