Category Archives: agriculture

Putin’s Childish, Self-Destructive Grain Embargo

Paul Goble reports:

The embargo on the export of grain Vladimir Putin has announced will hurt Russia’s image as a reliable supplier to the world, Moscow experts say. Moreover, they say, it will not necessarily keep bread prices down as Putin said but rather may allow Russian companies and officials to profit through the sale of grain later after prices rise. At the end of July, Russia’s agriculture ministry said that Moscow had no plans to impose an export embargo on grain despite indications of a serious decline in the size of the crop because of the drought and despite already dramatic increases in the price of bread and other products in some regions.

But then, last week, Putin called for and the Russian government imposed a temporary embargo on the export of grain for the period August 15 through December 31 in order to ensure that there would be enough grain for the domestic market to prevent any further increases in bread prices.

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Horsepower for Gazprom

An equine solarium

An equine solarium

Novaya Gazeta reports:

Gazprom’s website has published a request for bids. It’s soliciting a contract for the supply of equipment to its equine stables in the village of Bogorodskoye, in the Leninsky District of the Moscow Region.

The company is requesting the installation of a Warendorfer Standard II Solarium with a set of built in thermal showers, to be completed by the end of this year, with a maximum contract price of 338,000 rubles (roughly $12,000). Only experienced tradesman are solicited.          

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Putin’s Russia: It Can’t Even do Potatoes and Onions Right

The Agrarian Marketing Project reports:

The specialists of CIS produce business periodical, “Agrooglyad: Fruits and Vegetables” weekly inform, the quality of newly harvested potato remains relatively low this year. Because of this fact the producers are forced to decrease prices for poor quality products. As a result, the average wholesale price for onion has already declined down to $0.31-0.39/kg. At the same time, the prices for quality onion remain quite high. One can buy imported high-quality onion not cheaper than $0.46-0.54/kg. The lowest prices for the onion of national origin are recorded in Voronezhskaya and Moscowskaya regions ($0.21-0.31/kg), the highest prices are observed in Kirovskaya and Sverdlovskaya regions.

Putin’s Russia: It Can’t Even do Potatoes and Onions Right

The Agrarian Marketing Project reports:

The specialists of CIS produce business periodical, “Agrooglyad: Fruits and Vegetables” weekly inform, the quality of newly harvested potato remains relatively low this year. Because of this fact the producers are forced to decrease prices for poor quality products. As a result, the average wholesale price for onion has already declined down to $0.31-0.39/kg. At the same time, the prices for quality onion remain quite high. One can buy imported high-quality onion not cheaper than $0.46-0.54/kg. The lowest prices for the onion of national origin are recorded in Voronezhskaya and Moscowskaya regions ($0.21-0.31/kg), the highest prices are observed in Kirovskaya and Sverdlovskaya regions.

Putin’s Russia: It Can’t Even do Potatoes and Onions Right

The Agrarian Marketing Project reports:

The specialists of CIS produce business periodical, “Agrooglyad: Fruits and Vegetables” weekly inform, the quality of newly harvested potato remains relatively low this year. Because of this fact the producers are forced to decrease prices for poor quality products. As a result, the average wholesale price for onion has already declined down to $0.31-0.39/kg. At the same time, the prices for quality onion remain quite high. One can buy imported high-quality onion not cheaper than $0.46-0.54/kg. The lowest prices for the onion of national origin are recorded in Voronezhskaya and Moscowskaya regions ($0.21-0.31/kg), the highest prices are observed in Kirovskaya and Sverdlovskaya regions.

Putin’s Russia: It Can’t Even do Potatoes and Onions Right

The Agrarian Marketing Project reports:

The specialists of CIS produce business periodical, “Agrooglyad: Fruits and Vegetables” weekly inform, the quality of newly harvested potato remains relatively low this year. Because of this fact the producers are forced to decrease prices for poor quality products. As a result, the average wholesale price for onion has already declined down to $0.31-0.39/kg. At the same time, the prices for quality onion remain quite high. One can buy imported high-quality onion not cheaper than $0.46-0.54/kg. The lowest prices for the onion of national origin are recorded in Voronezhskaya and Moscowskaya regions ($0.21-0.31/kg), the highest prices are observed in Kirovskaya and Sverdlovskaya regions.

Putin’s Russia: It Can’t Even do Potatoes and Onions Right

The Agrarian Marketing Project reports:

The specialists of CIS produce business periodical, “Agrooglyad: Fruits and Vegetables” weekly inform, the quality of newly harvested potato remains relatively low this year. Because of this fact the producers are forced to decrease prices for poor quality products. As a result, the average wholesale price for onion has already declined down to $0.31-0.39/kg. At the same time, the prices for quality onion remain quite high. One can buy imported high-quality onion not cheaper than $0.46-0.54/kg. The lowest prices for the onion of national origin are recorded in Voronezhskaya and Moscowskaya regions ($0.21-0.31/kg), the highest prices are observed in Kirovskaya and Sverdlovskaya regions.