Russia: Ministry of Agriculture changes structure

The Ministry of Agriculture of Russia has made changes to the structure of its central administration unit, abolishing the agricultural and food market regulation, food and processing industry and creating two separate divisions. The Department of Agro-Industrial Market Regulation will be headed by Vladimir Volik and will focus on the strategic planning and management of…

Ukraine: flour output down in July 2016

According to the official statistics figures, in July Ukraine produced 148.5 thousand tons of flour, down by 7% YoY. Ukraine dropped production volumes of all types of flour products. In particular, the production of wheat and wheat-rye flour decreased by 4% to 141.2 thousand tons, of flour from other grains – by 41% to 7.2…

Belarus: pork imports from Ukraine banned

On September 1, Belarus has temporarily banned pork imports from Volyn and Vinnytsia regions of Ukraine due to African swine fever (ASF). The Veterinary and Food Control Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus has stated this on its website. According to the data from the World Organization for…

Belarus reports $1.9 billion commodity trade deficit in January-July 2016

Belarus’ foreign trade deficit stood at $1.934 billion in January-July against $1.457 billion in January-July 2015, according to the National Statistics Committee (Belstat). Commodity exports decreased by 18.6% YoY in January-July to $13.116 billion, while imports decreased by 14.4% MoM to $15.05 billion. Exports from Belarus included $7.761 billion worth of supplies to the CIS…

Belarus: electricity exports to Lithuania up in H1 2016

Belarus increased electricity exports to Lithuania by 11.8% YoY in January-June to 75.5 million kWh, according to official statistical reports. Belarus’ proceeds from electricity export to Lithuania grew by 13.2% to $4.257 million. Lithuania was the key and basically the only destination of Belarus’ electricity exports in 2015. Belarus plans to export to Lithuania around…

Belarus: crop conditions in September 2016

Conditions for soil preparation, winter rapeseed sowing and germination across most of Belarussian territory are favorable. In the fields sown with rapeseed in the first half of August, rapeseed germinated and leaf formation has started. Soil is still waterlogged in the north-west of Vitebsk region, according to the observations of Verhnedvinsk weather station. Soil moisture…

Ukraine: Antonov not to reassign An-225 ‘Mriya’ intellectual property rights to China

Ukraine-China cooperation in the Antonov An-225 ‘Mriya’ heavy-lift transport aircraft project boasting a 250-ton payload rules out reassignment of intellectual property rights to China, Antonov State Company said. “The An-225 cooperation agreement between Antonov State Company and Aerospace Industry Corporation of China (AICC) is a sort of a roadmap acknowledging mutual interest in collaboration fostering…

Ukraine: linseed exports up in July 2016

In July Ukraine exported 2.5 KMT of linseed compared with 0.9 KMT in June and 0.4 KMT in July 2015. Since the beginning of season 2015/2016 (September-July) exports reached 37.6 KMT against 24.6 KMT during the same period in season 2014/2015. The current season shows the best results since marketing year 2007/2008, only lagging behind…

Russia: grain output up over last 10 years

Russia has increased grain output by one third, or around 30 million tons, over the last 10 years, Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachyov said. “Grain production in Russia increased by one third over the last 10 years. In absolute figures, this is around 30 million tons, which is comparable with annual volume of Russian grain exports”,…

Russia: over 30 samples of aerospace hardware to be demonstrated at the “Army 2016” Forum

Modern samples of armament and military hardware of the Russian Aerospace Forces will be demonstrated during stationary exposition and dynamic programs of the International military and technical forum “Army 2016”. The Forum will take place in the Patriot park on September 6-11. Visitors of the Forum will see Su-34 multidimensional bombers, Su-35S and Su-30Sm fighters,…

Belarus: measures taken to resume dairy export to Russia

Belarus’ Agriculture and Food Ministry is taking measures to help its three enterprises regain access to the Russian market, Alexander Subbotin, Deputy Agriculture and Food Minister – Director of the Veterinary and Food Supervision Department, said. “Rosselkhoznadzor’s claims are about the quality of registration of the dried milk conformity declarations”, the deputy minister explained. “We…

Russia: rapeseed oil output down

According to the official statistics figures, in 2015/2016 MY (August-July) Russia produced 334.2 thousand tons of crude rapeseed oil, down by 21% compared with the season-2014/2015 (424.7 thousand tons). Most Federal Districts faced the downward trends in production, and only the Volga District demonstrated the growth rates (up by 13%; to 19.8 thousand tons), and…