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In the next six months, tomatoes, sweet peppers, avocados and berries from Mexico will enter the Russian market.
Researchers in Kostroma successfully created a new type of cranberry, which, in addition to its impressive size, offers a high product yield.
Southern Russian regions are planning an initiative to replace European fruit and berry shipments by one third by 2021 in addition to boosting local grape production by 30 percent, fruits and berries by 45 percent.
Russia's food embargo, initiated against a number of food products from Western countries, was initiated on August 7 of last year, and now, according to the head of Russia's Ministry of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev, domestic farmers are anticipating an extension to the political move.
Last Friday, Russia's Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev made a similar announcement during an interview at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
At the end of April, Russia's State Duma introduced a bill, under which migrants working in apple orchards, picking fruits and berries or employed planting potatoes, cucumbers, can be exempted from compulsory Russian language, law and history exams.
Alexander Tkachev, the new minister of agriculture of Russia, said that the country is expected to reach an optimal level of safety security in two or three years, adding that this goal was a task assigned to him by the country's president and prime minister.
The issue was discussed April 13 during an agrarian meeting with Roman Rusanov, deputy governor of the Vladimir Oblast for agriculture.
Increasing the production potential of the North Caucas Region could lead to an increase of the region's production share in Russia, to as much as 15 percent, the region's Minister of the North Caucasus Affairs Lev Kuznetsov said.
Russia's Ministry of Agriculture (Minselkhoz) announced that both developing and increasing the production volumes of domestic agriculture and orchards as its priorities, as published in the country's mass media. In addition, Minselkhoz also reported low fruit and berry yields in 2014, amounting to 2.98 million tonnes when to meet market demand in Russia would require 10.7 million tonnes – 11 million tonnes. Information Agency FruitNews spoke with industry specialist Igor Mukhanin on the question of when and under what conditions may the Russian market start to see a suitable quantity of domestic products.

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