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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.

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.

The newly formed association Kamchatka Wild Plants was created as a joint project of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Citi Foundation which for four years has helped entrepreneurs, involved in harvesting wild plants and the production of goods from non-timber forest products, coordinate efforts to solve problems relating to gathering products, and searching for and attracting investments.

As the volume of organic products across the world increased due to demand, it stagnated in Russia despite growing enthusiasm for a healthy lifestyle.

As part of the annual report to the State Duma on the results of governmental activities, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev discussed some of the breakthroughs in the Russian agricultural sector as well as intentions to continue government support for this industry.

Russia's Central Bank released data about an unusual drop in vegetable prices from February to March of this year by 1.3%. However, market participants and experts in regions of Russia's Far East think that the cause of the drop in vegetable prices is nothing mysterious or unusual. In fact, they argue that it's due to the normal cycle of trading seasonal produce. 

The group of companies "Gavrish" (Moscow) is planning to invest about 200 million rubles to build greenhouses to produce vegetable seeds in the Krymsk region of Krasnodar.

Developing the agricultural industry in Russia has gained attention and investments following the embargo.

The Director General of the Ukrainian Association of Retail Chain Suppliers Alexey Doroshenko, in an interview with the information agency Ukrainian News, said that the recent drop in prices of vegetables and fruits on the Ukrainian market is in response to Russia's restrictions on Turkish goods.

Last week, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Russia Sergey Levin conducted a working meeting with his respective colleague of the Philippines, Dennis Guerrero, to discuss the establishment and the possibility of increasing Russian-Phillipino cooperation in the agricultural industry. In part, the discussions touched on the development of trade, providing access to agricultural products to both markets as well as a technological partnership in the field of pest control.

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