On March 5, the Rosselkhoznadzor resumed imports from Turkey, pomegranate, eggplant, pepper, lettuce, pumpkins, zucchini and other vegetables and fruits. A ban on the import of those Turkish cultures operated from 2016. The experts welcome this decision, because it will reduce price barriers to foreign goods in the domestic market. Analysts point out that the influx of foreign cheap products will save from the rising cost of food and stimulates the appreciation of foreign fruit and vegetable contraband.
Turkish pomegranates, eggplant, lettuce, pumpkin and zucchini again is a very popular product on the Russian fruit and vegetable market. After a two year hiatus, the Federal service for veterinary and phytosanitary surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) has decided to resume importation of pomegranates from Turkey, because, according to the representative of the Rosselkhoznadzor Julia Melano, at the time of import in them “did not identify any quarantine case.” According to the official, the Turks have coped with the violations of phytosanitary security of the product, and their delivery to Russia resolved all Turkish exporters.
Other data, also the official, deny optimism: according to the North Caucasian customs administration, in mid-February in the Stavropol territory, was stopped the import of 900 kg of tomatoes arrived from Turkey. Violations found on one of the Piatigorsky markets.
“Producers of tomatoes sanctions are not included in the list of enterprises inspected by the Rosselkhoznadzor. Documents at them was not, — explained in the Turkish Ministry price increase, amounting to from 50 to 100%. It was discrepancies in the list of products imported into the country in circumvention of the law”.
“No one is cheating, but the growth of the sanctions of foreign products into the domestic market regardless of the restrictions imposed by domestic governments is growing,” — said the Deputy Director of analytical Department of “Alpari” Anna Kokoreva.
However, the more fruit and vegetables destroyed at the site, says the expert, the more they were sent to processing plants in Russia. Spoiled fruits and vegetables sent for recycling (often without documentary evidence of origin of agricultural crops). Ratio is maintained approximately in the ratio 50: 50. This information is indirectly confirmed in the state courts. Private companies argue that the processing and export of prepared fruit and vegetables need to multiply twice as many uncontrolled production goes to the wholesale markets products in all regions of Russia.
That is half “the partial withdrawal of food sanctions with Turkey will increase competition between domestic and foreign manufacturers of the mentioned products to the Russian market.” “For consumers it is an obvious plus. It will reduce the price of a certain product line. For domestic producers this is a negative development: if the grenade in Russia are mainly imported, zucchini, peppers, eggplant and other vegetables if they are grown and delivered to the counters of Central and southern Russia, will be assigned lower rates. The share of Russian producers can be reduced, because they will be uncompetitive,” — said the expert.
However, at the economic forum in Davos, which took place over a month ago, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that the government are all changing rapidly. Russia cancels not all food sanctions against Turkey, but only a part of them, so the current action can be considered logical. “The resumption of relations with Turkey is a question of economic and political support of Turkey, which we need. Especially the Russian pipelines that can help our country in terms of the gas conflict with Ukraine,” — said the official.
Over the past two years, agriculture in Russia is developing at a rapid pace against a backdrop of considerable financial state support in this regard, Turkish products may not be as popular. However, Turkey can satisfy the demand when our country is not the season for certain vegetables and fruits. “To completely abandon the import of foreign vegetables and fruits can Russia in 5-7 years, if the money for agricultural support will still be allocated from the Federal budget,”— says Kokoreva.