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Putin: Expand presence of Russian agricultural products on international market

President Vladimir Putin has called for a steady expansion of Russian agri products on internal and international markets. "There is a need to consistently work on broadening the presence of Russian producers on the domestic market and exploring foreign ones," he said. "To do so, there is a need to reinforce the base of the Russian agro-industrial sector, its human resources and production potential, equip farms with modern machinery, improve labor productivity and promote domestic developments in the sphere of selection, genetics, biotechnologies and output of high quality ecofriendly and safe products.”

According to an article on, Putin has spoken at length about the need to create a modern infrastructure, logistics, including the railways, and to build up the capacities of seaports, terminals and storages.

As of 2017 year-end, national self-sufficiency figures were over 170% for grain, 153.1% for vegetable oil, 105.2% for sugar, 93% for meat and meat products, 87% for potatoes, 85.9% for vegetables, and 82% for milk and dairy products, Putin claims. "The self-sufficiency level of our country is still not optimal in respect of a range of positions: this particularly applies to vegetables and fruit, dairy products and beef.”





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