Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Voronezh Region Viktor Logvinov assured that there were no problems with buckwheat and other agricultural products in the region. The statement was made at an online conference at the Regional House of Journalists on Tuesday, April 14.
“We are receiving a lot of questions about whether there are enough food products now and whether there will be a shortage. I can simply list: for example, we produce 108 kg per person a year given the required 73 kg, 422 kg of milk given the required 328 kg, sugar - 393 kg given the required 24 kg, cheeses - 14.8 kg given the required 7 kg, etc. Except for the 47% of fruit and berry products, we produce almost everything else in abundance, thanks to which we are donors for other regions. And we have 240 million rubles allocated for planting orchards and berry plants in 2020, so there is ongoing work in this area,” the official said.
On behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Voronezh Region authorities are monitoring 55 types of products, of which only five - rice, canned food, fish, and fish derivatives - the region does not produce but purchases. The Deputy Prime Minister specifically focused on buckwheat, which became one of the most popular products among Russians during the pandemic.
“Today, there are more than 6 thousand tons of buckwheat at processing enterprises. Yes, when the unrest began, people began to buy it actively, there was a boom in demand, and buckwheat temporarily disappeared from the shelves. But now the retail chains are filled with it just as before. We have no problems with buckwheat,” Viktor Logvinov stressed.
The region has large stocks of crops. 110 thousand tons of food grain is stored at flour mills and another 190 thousand tons are stored in elevators. Moreover, the region's annual demand is 135 thousand tons including 65 thousand tons for baking.
“With the outbreak of the pandemic, there was a slight increase in prices for grain products reaching 15 thousand rubles per ton. On behalf of Governor Alexander Gusev, three weeks ago, we met with farmers and grain processors asking them not to increase the prices. And just yesterday, the Ministry of Agriculture held the first auction and the average price was about 11.5 thousand rubles per ton. I think the intervention will continue further and the price will stabilize. So we do not expect a rise in bread prices,” Viktor Logvinov explained.