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Russia: Khabarovsk Territory officals to support potato and vegetable growers

The Ministry of Agriculture, Trade, Food and Processing Industry of the Khabarovsk Territory has been looking at the implementation of indicators of the Food Security Doctrine. In accordance with the new version of the document, the country's citizens should at least for 90% be provided with Russian-produced vegetables.

Regions in the central part of the Russian Federation are very close to this number. In the Far East, located in a risky farming zone, the situation is different: on average, the macro-region is provided with vegetables by 40%, and potatoes by 84%. In the Khabarovsk Territory, according to the results of 2018, the supply of vegetables is 30%, and potatoes - 75%.

Last year, the situation did not get better. Due to floods, farmers lost part of the crop. The urgency of this problem was confirmed by the situation related to the supply of vegetables from China at the beginning of this year. Outages that affected prices were due to coronavirus restrictions. According to the ministry, about 10% of potatoes, cabbage and beets, 40% of carrots and onions, 80% of fresh cucumbers, 90% of fresh tomatoes are imported from China to the region annually.

Meanwhile, local products are in demand among residents of the region. During the meeting, it was noted that the farmers of the region are ready to increase volumes and gradually replace the supply of imported vegetables.

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