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…

Russia: 19.5% of Rosneft to be sold this year

There is a chance to privatize Russian oil major Rosneft by the end of the year, presidential aide Andrei Belousov reported. “In accordance with the schedule we should have time to do this”, he said. Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said in late August that the government might have no time to privatize 19.5% in…

Russia: international traffic down in July 2016

Russia’s international traffic fell by 26.6% in July to 3.6 million passengers, according to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia. Total international and domestic traffic reached 10.1 million, down by 10.3% YoY. In January-July Russian airlines carried 48.2 million passengers, down by 8.2% YoY. International traffic dropped by 26.7% to 17 million, domestic increased by…

Russia: Roscosmos to create space robots

Russia’s State Space Corporation, Roscosmos, has announced a tender to create space robots (Kosmorobot) that will assist cosmonauts during their extravehicular activities. The project’s contract price tag comes to 2.4 billion rubles ($36.78 million). This information has been published on the public procurement website. According to the technical design assignment, the robots will have to…

Kazakhstan: spring grain harvesting started

At the beginning of last week weather conditions were favorable for completion of winter wheat harvesting in the South and South East. Crops condition is mainly good and stage of development is full ripeness. In the reporting period conditions were also favorable for growth and development of spring grain crops and grain filling, though short-term…

Russia: giant agro firm to export pork to Vietnam

Rusagro Group, one of the largest vertically integrated enterprises in Russia, plans to export pork to Vietnam beginning next year. “Shipments are expected to start next year”, Maxin Basov, General Director of Rusagro, said. Russia’s largest meat processor ABH Miratorg has also been licensed to supply poultry, pork and beef to Vietnam. “With a population…