Exports of Russian agricultural products have already exceeded $ 20 billion by early October, and are expected to hit the record $ 27 billion this year.
Traditionally, wheat is still Russia's most popular exported product. Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev said this at a meeting of President Vladimir Putin and with members of the Russian government, Agroinvestor.ru reported.
At the same time, the minister reported that Russian exporters were given access to the markets of another 14 countries this year. Agricultural products are now supplied to 160 countries in the Middle East, East and South Asia, Africa, the European Union and the former Soviet republics.
The largest buyers of Russian agricultural products were China ($ 2.9 billion), the EU ($ 2.3 billion) and Turkey ($ 2.25 billion). The top 10 agricultural products that Russia supplies to the world market are sunflower, poultry, soybeans, corn, pork, soybean oil and barley.
At the same time, this year's supply of poultry meat has doubled from January-July last year to $ 259 million, pork 2.5 times to $ 173 million.
According to the ministry's Agroexport Center, grain has traditionally been the leader in the export structure, with shipments worth $ 6.7 billion this year. The head of the Rusagrotrans analytical center, Igor Pavensky previously told Agroinvestor that Russia is now at a record rate of grain exports: 15.3 million tons had been shipped on October 8, which is 1.3 million tons more than last year.
According to Pavensky, this level was last reached two years ago. Wheat exports became a record - it reached 13 million tons, last year this figure reached 12.3 million tons. Barley exports increased 1.5 times to 1.9 million tonnes compared to the same period last season.