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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Food Imports Drop

MOSCOW (MT) - Russia has more than halved centralized imports of basic foodstuffs this year and plans to top them in 1994, Vice Premier Alexander Zaveryukha told Interfax Thursday. Commercial enterprises, he said, will "most likely" take up the slack in supply to the Russian market.

Zaveryukha said that the government will import no more than 12 million tons of grain this year, compared to 26 million tons in 1992.

Sugar topped the list of imports in the first nine months of 1993 at 1, 470 tons, only 54 percent of the 1992 level, while imports of meat products fell to 30 percent of 1992's level, powdered milk to 10 percent and vegetable oil to 8 percent.