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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.
Moldova's readiness to increase shipments of agricultural products to the Russian market, as well as to continue negotiations, was confirmed by Edward Grammar, vice minister of agriculture and food industry of Moldova.
Armenia's Ministry of Agriculture (Minselkhoz) reported in a press release that the share of its country's supplies to the Russian market has jumped from 30 percent to 83 percent.
Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) approved 17 Moldovan fruit suppliers to return to the market after investigations did not reveal quarantine objects.
According to Armenia's Minister of Agriculture, Sergo Karapetyan, following the country's ascension to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEC), has received favorable conditions for the production and export of agricultural products.
According to an official letter from Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor), the agency will allow fruit imports from Moldova and Transdniestria starting June 12. Until next month, the resumption of shipments will act only in test mode.
Igor Mukhanin, head of the Russian Association of Gardeners, said that the industry for stone fruits and Russia can expect a drop in yields this season due to extreme temperatures that have affected plum, peach and apricot growth.
Russia's Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) said that it will allow a greater number of shipments of dried fruits and berries from Georgia in an official announcement on November 10.
Similar to many other countries, this opportunity for exporters of Azerbaijan came following Russia's sanctions restricting food imports from the US, the countries of the European Union (EU), Canada and Australia; and therefore, many experts are forecasting that it's possible for Azerbaijan to achieve prior performance indices, such as those reached prior to the collapse of the former USSR.
European Union Spokesperson at the European Commission, Isaac Valero-Lardon, said that as of July 22, the European Commission has not received any official word on the restrictions that Russia has placed on imports of Moldovan fruits and vegetables, according to a report by RBK, referencing ITAR-TASS.

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