Agriculture: imports of potatoes in the Russian Federation in 2010 to 4,000,000 tons

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Agriculture: imports of potatoes in the Russian Federation in 2010 to 4,000,000 tons

07/09/2010

Russia this year will be forced to import about 4 million tonnes due to drought, reduce their own crops, said on Tuesday, Agriculture Minister Elena Skrynnik.

MOSCOW, September 7th - RIA Novosti. Russia this year will be forced to import about 4 million tonnes due to drought, reduce their own crops, said on Tuesday Agriculture Minister Elena Skrynnik.

"We will buy about 4 million tons of potatoes, - said Skrynnik reporters in the State Duma.

According to her, the forecast level of the crop - 22 million tonnes, while demand - about 29 million tons, of which the industrial purposes, primarily on seeds and processing, is 13 million tonnes, private consumption - about 16 million.

deficit of total consumption may be at least 4 million tons. At the moment the potato crop have not yet fully assembled.

The Minister noted that the situation is quite stable, serious shortages and rising prices in the market have been predicted.

In early 2010, noted Skrynnik that Russia is fully self-sufficient in potatoes. In 2008, its imports amounted to about 570 thousand tons.

Representatives of major Russian retail grocery chains ascertain increase in the price of potatoes, but refrained from forecasts, expecting accurate data on the harvest. For two or three months the product went up by about two times.