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Russia: Measures to avoid shortage of fresh vegetables during epidemic

The Greenhouses of Russia Association has developed recommendations for retail chains and greenhouse enterprises in order to avoid a shortage of fresh vegetables during the coronavirus epidemic and establish affordable prices for consumers. With this proposal, they turned to the federal executive bodies: The Ministry of Agriculture of Russia, The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia and The Ministry of Economic Development of Russia.

"The current situation is a challenge to the whole society, it requires the most coordinated actions and great responsibility.

"We have developed a number of measures that will create a 'green corridor' of fresh vegetables for our citizens. This will not entail any expenses from the federal and regional budgets, as well as for enterprises in the greenhouse industry and retail chains.

"In particular, in order to reduce the time for product preparation for sale and to increase the shelf life of sold products, we propose to establish uniform standards for product labeling for all networks and manufacturers. This will ensure the fastest possible delivery of fresh vegetables to store shelves of any distribution network.

"Currently, each network has its own marking. As a result, if the products are labeled for one network, and if network don’t accept it, you have to return it back to production and re-mark it for another network. All this takes a lot of time. In this regard, fresh products do not always fall on the shelves. People are forced to buy vegetables harvested a few days ago. In conditions of lack of vitamins, this is unacceptable.

"In addition, in order to plan production and prevent write-offs of products, it is necessary to make mandatory the execution of the declared volumes of tenders between greenhouse complexes and retail chains. We also propose introducing a moratorium on penalties while ensuring supplies in favor of mutual obligations."

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