Food security strategic goal for Russia: Medvedev

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Russia has everything to become a large player on the international food market and this should be a strategic goal, President Dmitry Medvedev told a State Council meeting held in the southern Belgorod region on Tuesday.

"Meat produced in Russia has already been exported to such countries as China and Vietnam. The shipments are limited so far but this is a beginning only," Medvedev was quoted as saying by the RIA Novosti news agency.

"We must do everything necessary to reach this strategic goal, to create financial tools, infrastructure and judicial base," he said.

The Russian head of state said private investment into poultry industry and pig farming has changed the structure of meat consumption in Russia, which has got closer to those of the developed countries.

However, he admitted, beef production is making loss in the majority of Russian regions, and the country has to import beef.

Russia must decrease its dependence on meat import for the sake of its food security, he said.

"Russia became the largest meat importer. That's bad and the situation must be changed to secure our food security," he said.

According to a food security document signed by Medvedev in February, in order to safeguard Russia's food security, Russian domestic food production should be stabilized with necessary reserves and stocks guaranteed, and the share of domestic products in the country's market should be no less than 85 percent.

Source: Xinhua


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