Russian Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko noted the importance of increasing the import of agricultural products from the CIS countries to mitigate growing rate of food prices, the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan (SPPT) reported on Friday with reference to the Russian media.
Russia primarily intends to increase supplies from Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Belarus, according to the report.
Russian President Vladimir Putin recently issued an order to increase the supply of fruit and vegetable products from the CIS countries.
According to the document, the increase in imports will ensure the stabilization of food prices and stimulate the development of national agricultural producers by increasing competition. The shortage of some products will also be covered at the expense of other countries.
Putin also instructed the Federal Antimonopoly Service to strengthen control over food prices in retail chains.
As of August 10, 2021, fruit and vegetable exports from Turkmenistan to Russia increased by 93% compared to the same period last year, from 16.9 thousand tons to 32.7 thousand tons. The country has significantly increased the supply of tomatoes from 16,400 tons to 31,900 tons, a 94% growth compared to the same period last year. During the period, the import of Turkmen carrots increased from 40 tons to 302 tons.