Not until the sanctions against Russia started was there any push to give serious attention to Russia's agricultural sector. This was a year ago, hardly enough time to make significant difference in a sector that has not had much attention for decades. Once Russia opened up their borders in 1990, they assumed they could purchase their food abroad rather than trying to revamp the USSR's agricultural system.
A very impressive teenager some of you met in Moscow in 1983, Andrei Danilenko, is now the Chairman of Russia's Union of Milk Producers. His opinions are noted under "Sector Shakeup" below.
Will be interesting to see what will happen if Putin, et al, decide to seriously get behind the industry. S.
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Russia Moves Towards Self-Sufficiency
This article originally appeared at The Moscow Times
President Vladimir Putin appointed a regional governor from southern Russia to head the Agriculture Ministry on Wednesday in an apparent bid to galvanize domestic production, which has failed to take advantage of reduced competition ushered in by a 2014 Kremlin food import ban.
Alexander Tkachyov, the governor of the grain producing region of Krasnodar, will replace lawyer Nikolai Fyodorov, who has been in the post since 2012 and will become a presidential adviser.
“We need our own produce, the produce of domestic manufacturers, to fill our own market and this needs to be done quickly,” said Putin, according to a transcript on the Kremlin’s website.
Moscow banned food imports from the European Union and United States in August in retaliation for a series of Western sanctions imposed on Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis. Russian officials trumpeted the embargo as a godsend for domestic manufacturers, but overall production has barely grown.
Putin must decide whether to extend the food ban in three months.