Sanctions help Novosibirsk Region agriculture

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July 3, 2015

Sanctions help Novosibirsk Region agriculture

Translated from Russian by J.Hawk

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Novosibirsk Region governor Vladimir Gorodetskiy announced that the food embargo became an incentive for the development of agriculture in the region.

In the first half of 2015, cheese production in the region increased by 21.2%, butter by 15.5%, flour by 48%, pasta and macaroni by 13%. Milk production increased by 3.1%, beef and poultry by 4.9%, egges by 3.7%.

“We believe that the food embargo stimulated the development of our region’s agriculture, and for the producers it is the foundation for stable long-term relationships on the consumer market. The decree on extending the food embargo was signed last week, which requires us to continue our efforts,” Gorodetskiy said.

During the January-May period of 2015, the volume of delivered domestic production and services totaled 42.5 billion rubles, which is nearly the same as last year (99.5%). As a reminder, the Novosibirsk Region government is busy developing several major agricultural projects, including a turkey farm and a trading and distribution center for agricultural products.

J.Hawk’s Comment: These types of news stories tend to get overshadowed by the more spectacular reports of diplomatic efforts and military exercises, yet are actually considerably more important in the big scheme of things. It’s rather clear that food security is one of the major self-sufficiency priorities of the Russian government. Overall, the scale of the efforts aimed at insulating Russia from external shocks (as well as military threats) suggests it is expecting literally the worst to happen at some point in the foreseeable future. What shape that “worst” will take is as yet unclear. But at the moment Second Great Depression sounds rather more likely than Third World War.

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