Medvedev approved a “roadmap” to support import substitution in agriculture for 2014-2015

8th October 2014

Implementation of the plan will help to increase the production of agricultural products, raw materials and food, and to reduce the dependence of the domestic food market on imports

Russian government approved an action plan (“roadmap”) to promote import substitution in agriculture in 2014-2015. The corresponding order was signed by the Prime Minister Dmitry MEDVEDEV and published on the Cabinet’s website.

The briefing note to the document says that the “roadmap” contains a set of activities (including the development of regulations) to achieve import substitution indicators set out in the State Program for Development of Agriculture and Regulation of Agricultural Products, Raw Materials and Food for 2013 – 2020, and in the state program “Development of the Fisheries Industry”.

The plan provides for the improvement of mechanisms of customs and tariff regulation of imports of major agricultural, fish and other products of aquatic biological resources in the context of Russia's membership in the World Trade Organization and the Customs Union. It is planned to create a state automated information system in the field of food security in Russia, specify the list of indicators and methods of calculation reflecting the state of food security, update recommendations on rational norms of consumption of food products.

The “roadmap” includes measures to improve efficiency of agricultural land use and improve the state veterinary and phytosanitary control (supervision), including the creation of the state automated information system for early warning in case of detection of dangerous veterinary and sanitary products.

The adopted decisions are aimed at increasing the participation of Russia in the international cooperation in the field of agriculture and fisheries, and food security. Implementation of the plan activities will ensure the increase in the production of agricultural products, raw materials and food and reduction of the domestic food market on imports of meat from 21.6% to 7.7%, milk and dairy products from 23.6% to 16.6% and vegetables from 14.6% to 10.1% by 2020.

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