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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fewer Food Imports

Buoyed by a strong harvest, Russia expects substantial cuts in imports of meat, poultry and dairy products, the Agriculture Ministry said Friday.

Anticipated cuts in meat and dairy imports will range from 15 percent to 50 percent and reflects trends through the first half of this year, the ministry said. The weakness of the ruble has cut imports and a good harvest this summer is expected to further reduce demand.

In 1999, Russia imported 975,700 tons of meat worth $964.98 million, 235,900 tons of poultry worth $153.9 million, 183,700 tons of condensed milk and cream and 37,900 tons of butter worth $61.7 million, the report said.