On March 28, 2019, the Council of the Federation Committee on Agrarian and Food Policy and Environmental Management of the State Duma of the Russian Federation held parliamentary hearings on the topic “Problems and Prospects for Horticulture Development in the Russian Federation”.
According to Sergey Mitin, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Agrarian and Food Policy and Environmental Management, fertile soils and a temperate climate make it possible to fully provide the country with its own fruits.
According to the Federal Customs Service, imports of apples to Russia in 2018 amounted to about 843,000 tons, whereas own production by agricultural organizations and peasant farms, according to the Fruit and Vegetable Union, is only 1,054,000 tons. At the same time, Moldova became the main supplier of imported apples to Russia in 2018 - 246,000 tons (29%).
Anatoly Kutsenko also expressed concern that cheap products enter the Russian market uncontrollably. Networks or other suppliers buy directly from foreign manufacturers without any prior attestation, without understanding the cultivation technology, which drugs are used, whether the pesticides used for processing are allowed to be used in the territory of the Russian Federation.
In this regard, the Fruit and Vegetable Union proposes to return to Rosselkhoznadzor the authority to exercise control over the use of pesticides and agrochemicals according to the principle “from field to counter”, including certification of foreign producers for the supply of fruit products to the territory of the Russian Federation.