The Ministry of Agriculture has increased the quota for the supply of tomatoes from Turkey from 200 to 250 thousand tons. This order is posted on the official portal of legal information.
According to the Federal Customs Service of Russia, as of December 13, 190.7 thousand tons of Turkish tomatoes were imported to Russia. That is, the established limit of 200 thousand tons was almost exhausted even then. As explained in the Ministry of Agriculture, the quota needs to be increased in order to avoid interruption of supplies.
At the end of last year, the Rosselkhoznadzor first introduced a ban, and then partially lifted it on the supply of tomatoes from Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan because of the dangerous viruses found in them. For the same reason, supplies of tomatoes and peppers from two provinces of Turkey were banned. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan and Turkey are the main importers of tomatoes to Russia. According to the Federal Customs Service, Azerbaijan’s share in the total volume of tomato supplies was over 30%. Turkey’s share is estimated at 17%.
According to Rosstat, tomatoes have been growing in price more than other products since the beginning of 2021: in the first working week of the year they have risen in price by 3.5%, and since December 31 – by 11.5%. And this seasonal growth will continue until at least March, said Director General of the “Growth Technologies” company Tamara Reshetnikova. In her opinion, the additional volume of Turkish tomatoes will not affect retail prices. From Turkey, they are delivered to Russia mainly in the spring. In addition, even cheap Turkish tomatoes gained in price amid the weakening ruble. And besides the simplest, Turkish suppliers also import more expensive varieties – cherry, plum, yellow and others.
Source: Российская Газета by rg.ru.
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