The Ministry of agriculture proposed to limit the import of sugar from Belarus and Kazakhstan

© Flickr / squaccoРафинированный sugar. Archival photoThe Ministry of agriculture proposed to limit the import of sugar from Belarus and Kazakhstan© Flickr / squacco

The agriculture Ministry proposes to limit sugar imports from Kazakhstan and Belarus to protect domestic manufacturers, told RIA Novosti press-service of the Ministry.

Earlier, the Minister of agriculture of the Russian Federation Alexander Tkachev said, RIA Novosti, Kazakhstan and Belarus, which import sugar from third countries without duties, worsen the situation in this market within the EAEU and create negative conditions for Russian producers.

«Duty-free import of raw sugar with its subsequent processing in these countries make it very cheap for Russia including, to the detriment of domestic producers, and the need to limit the import of sugar,» — said in the Ministry.

Tkachev has told RIA Novosti that last season Russia came in first place in the world production of beet sugar — 6.2 million tons, ahead of countries such as France, USA and Germany. This year, the sown area of sugar beet was increased by 6%, this will allow to produce up to 52 million tons of sugar beet and, consequently, to 6.5 million tons of sugar, said the Minister. According to him, this will allow Russia to maintain world leadership in the production of sugar.

By the end of 2017, Russia may export about 700 thousand tons of beet sugar, which is two times more than in 2016, said Tkachev.

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