The Russian Vice Minister of Agriculture Cambulat Hatuov recently shared: “There is still demand for Turkish tomatoes in Russian supermarkets however it is considerably lower than it was in the past."
The ban on Turkish imports has been lifted and the quota was set at 50,000 tons for tomatoes but the quota is still not filled yet. Turkish products were banned in Russia starting from January 2016 after the Turkish air force shot down a Russian military airplane close to the Syria border.
Russian consumers should have more options available for them and right now local tomatoes are becoming a strong competitor to import tomatoes in the market place.”
The Russian government has been offering beneficial credit terms through state banks to local growers in order to increase tomato production especially during the time of the bans and now these growers started to supply to the local market consequently lowering the demand for imported tomatoes which were mainly coming from Turkey.
Source: Sputnik News