Russia: Imports up while greenhouse acreage increases

Russians are demanding more greenhouse vegetables and therefore more and more greenhouses are constructed in the country. Remarkable fact is that the country's import of greenhouse vegetables does not decreases by this. According to "APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits", the volume of imports of greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers into Russia grew by 8% and reached 1 million tons ($130 million in value) in 2012/13. At the same time, according to the Federal State Statistics Service, the total amount of greenhouse vegetable production in Russia was still only 600 thousand tons in 2012. This number is increasing fast, but is still clearly insufficient to meet domestic demand for these products.

Source: АПК-Информ: овощи & фрукты

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