The member states affected by the measures are countries that, over the past three years, had supplied the Russian market with “significant amounts” of product. The process of withdrawing products is meant to stabilize the market.
“This is a necessary response in the right direction and something we have worked hard on in recent weeks, along with Spain and France”, according to a statement from the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. “Protecting the income of affected companies is a priority. The quota of 50 thousand tonnes of withdrawals, allocated to our country, will allow us to move in this direction.”
Among the countries that are affected, Italy is expected to withdraw from the market 17,500 tonnes of apples and pears; 15,300 tonnes of plums, table grapes and kiwi fruit, 9,200 tonnes of peaches and nectarines, 3,3 tonnes of citrus and 650 tonnes of vegetables.