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09 November 2016

The 14th session of the Joint Intergovernmental Committee on trade and economic co-operation between Russian Federation and Republic of South Africa (ITEC) will be conducted in Pretoria on 16-18 November, 2016.

The organisers of Fresh Business Expo Ukraine, which will take place from 29 November – 1 December 2016 in Kiev, Ukraine, are expecting an increase of the exhibition of at least 30%.

In a recent study, conducted in affected communities across Armenia, specialists concluded that apricot yields for this year are expected to amount to 45,000 – 55,000 tonnes. This is a considerable drop in volume compared to July of last year when the apricot crop of Armenia amounted to 103 thousand tonnes, a 14% increase compared to yields in 2014.

Using foods that were grown on land irrigated with treated wastewater could potentially expose consumers to small amounts of carbamazepine, a substance which has an antiepileptic effect in humans, according to a study that was recently conducted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Hadassah Medical Center.

The volume of Uzbek agricultural imports since the start of the year have increased by 10% with citrus fruit having increased by a factor of 54, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

Representatives of Turkey will not be visiting Moscow on April 26 to discuss the situation regarding sanctions on exports to Russia because officials were unable to obtain visas, the deputy head of Russia’s Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) Alexey Alekseyenko told RIA Novosti.

Iranian investors are ready to finance a project to revive apple orchards in the Ayagoz District of eastern Kazakhstan. The two parties have already signed a memorandum of cooperation on the initiative.

January to March of this year, the volume of potatoes, onions, cabbage, carrots and beets imported by Ukraine increased by nearly a factor of seven, compared to the first quarter of 2015 due to make up for “seasonal factors”, the director of the Ukrainian Club of Agrarian Business Taras Vysotsky said during a Ukrainian radio program on Golos Stolitsiy (The Voice of the Capital).

Officials from Russia and Greece met during the Joint Russian-Greek Commission on Economic, Industrial and Scientific Cooperation and walked away with a plan to work together on topics of mutual interest. As a result, the officials signed a roadmap to develop Russian-Greek relations in the field of agriculture.

Author: Irina Koziy, RK Marketing/Fruit News Director

There is an active, ongoing discussion in media regarding a story about an export scheme in which Polish fruits were passed off as Moldovan with counterfeit certificates. Even federal television channels gave screen time to the revelation of this issue. Moldovan officials and businessmen from Belarus, Lithuania and Estonia are being blamed for the "Moldovication" of 20 thousand tonnes of Polish products that had found a second home in the eastern European country.

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