Monday, June 18, 2018

Russian officials urge Ural region farmers to operate normally under U.S. sanctions

Russian Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fyodorov urged farmers in the Ural area last week to continue operating their businesses normally in the face of newly-imposed sanctions by the U.S.

Approximately 22 percent of meat and meat products consumed in Russia is imported from the West, and Russians receive 23 percent of dairy products from Western countries, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

"We are now actively working with any alternative suppliers of the products concerned," Fyodorov said, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta. "This is the case if our traditional partners stop delivery. But, as experts believe, fear should not limit food supply, because world can be found, and other sellers of meat, butter cheese. Critical if it is denied access to high-tech agricultural products, the latest technology and techniques."

One such alternative food supplier is Germany, who has provided the Sverdlovsk region with poultry products and chicken eggs since 1995. Fyodorov suggested supplementing the Sverdlovsk region's own poultry plant operation with increased orders from Germany's Lohmann Tirtsuht to mitigate the impact of the sanctions.

"Our company is the only one in Russia, which, if necessary, will in the next year of two to fully meet the country's poultry plant breeding material for the production of chicken eggs," Igor Baitov, the deputy director of the Sverdlovsk region's poultry plant, said, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta.

Additionally, Fyodorov recommended increasing orders to Denmark for pork products, while Russia enhances its own pork production operations.