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Deliveries of Russian meat to Iran and China are still being considered, and the first batch of Chinese pork in the amount of 100 thousand tons has already arrived in the Far East
Negotiations are underway on the possibility of supplying Russian meat to Iran and China. This, during an interview with TASS, the Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Nikolai Fedorov
"Now we are working in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East directions. Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Vietnam, China - these countries are of interest to us," the minister said.
"There is no total urgent need to sell their products in foreign markets, as the manufacturers of the USA and Canada are forced to do. There, farmers pour out, throw away and distribute food for free, because there is nowhere to go because of the unfriendly actions of their governments towards Russia," he stressed head of the agrarian department.
Fedorov called the provision of his own food market a priority under the embargo.
The issue of exporting Russian meat and poultry arose due to the growth of domestic production of these types of products in the country. "As for poultry meat, we have full security. For pork - 80-85%. For beef - 65-70%.
We are capable of completely avoiding imports in the medium term, "Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in December 2014 during an interview with leading Russian TV channels.
Meanwhile, the first batch of pork in the amount of 100 tons came from China to the Khabarovsk Territory, another one thousand tons of meat will be delivered to the region by the end of the year, this will reduce the deficit and stabilize prices on the raw meat market, the government website of Khabarovsk Territory said .
Russia in August restricted the import of food products from countries that imposed sanctions on it - the United States, EU countries, Canada, Australia and Norway.
The ban included beef, pork, poultry, sausages, fish, vegetables, fruits, dairy products and a number of other products. The head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, Sergey Dankvert, said that China would take a share of the USA and Canada in meat supplies to the Russian Federation. In August, Russia agreed on the supply of pork from Chinese enterprises, and in October they were resumed.
"The first batch of meat from China - about 100 tons, delivered by trucks from Primorye. In total, by the end of the year, the region's enterprises will receive about one thousand tons of pork, which will be sent for industrial processing for the production of sausages, meat delicacies and semi-finished products. The first products will appear on the shelves already in week "- the website says.
"In the context of the imposed restrictions on the import of certain types of products into Russia, the supply of pork from China will help reduce the deficit and stabilize prices on the meat raw material market. The cost of Chinese pork is slightly lower than that of other suppliers," the head of the food and processing department said in the message. Industry of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Primorsky Territory Ksenia Halimonova.
According to her, in connection with the restrictions imposed, about 15% of meat raw material imports were banned. This volume is almost completely replaced by partners from other countries. Among them - Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil.
For deliveries to Russia, two factories from Heilongjiang province bordering with the Russian Federation are accredited. Pork production at these enterprises is under the control of Rosselkhoznadzor specialists. However, the province is ready to increase the number of enterprises supplying pork to Russia from two to 11, which will fully meet the needs of the Russians for this product.