Dec 31, 2020
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The Cabinet of Ministers named three reasons for the rise in food prices in Russia

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Victoria Abramchenko expressed her opinion on the reasons for the increase in the cost of food in Russia In her opinion, three main factors have changed the market situation.

Firstly, food prices on the world market have risen in price largely due to a novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) pandemic. Secondly, prices were affected by the weakening of the Russian ruble. The third reason lies in the chains “from the manufacturer to the distribution network”, since the suppliers compensated for “their costs” told Abramchenko on the air of Vesti FM radio station.

Many states have experienced a decline in production: production facilities were closed, farms in Europe were unable to ensure either a normal sowing campaign or harvesting, – said the Deputy Prime Minister.

She noted that Russian wheat is always in high demand. Grain is one of the main export food products, along with seafood and fish, sunflower oil and confectionery, the official summed up.

The day before, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on state regulation of prices for socially significant goods. The document was published on the official Internet portal of legal information. Prior to that, the government had the right to set maximum permissible prices for up to 90 days in regions where prices for socially important goods rose by 30% or more over a month. After the adoption of the law, the 30% barrier is removed and the Cabinet of Ministers will be able to independently decide in which cases price regulation is necessary to stabilize the situation.

Earlier reported that the cost of a set of products for a salad for the New Year’s table rose by 6.14% over the past year, and for herring under a fur coat – by 7.4%. Such data are published in the traditional calculations of Rosstat. The department proceeded from the fact that for the preparation of Olivier, 400 grams of boiled sausage, potatoes and pickled cucumbers, 380 grams of green peas, 200 grams of mayonnaise and carrots, 100 grams of onions and four chicken eggs are required.

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