MOSCOW, February 14 – RIA Novosti. The Ministry of Economic Development does not see the need to extend the agreements on stabilizing prices for sunflower oil and sugar, but the final decision will be made in March, said the Minister of Economic Development of Russia Maxim Reshetnikov.
In December, the Russian government announced a set of measures in connection with the rise in food prices in Russia, among them – the conclusion of agreements on the stabilization of prices for sugar and Russian-made sunflower oil. The agreements, in effect until April, fix the maximum wholesale and retail prices: for sugar – 36 rubles per kilogram in wholesale and 46 rubles in retail, for sunflower oil – 95 rubles and 110 rubles, respectively.
“We are monitoring the situation very carefully, and we will make the final decision in March. But so far we do not see such a need. Both the networks and the producers, everyone understands everything,” Reshetnikov said in the Naili Asker-Zade program “Characters” on the TV channel. Russia 1″.
He also noted that there is no need for additional agreements either.
Earlier, the head of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, Elvira Nabiullina, said that there was no need to extend the agreements on stabilizing food prices, there was no reason to extend them to other goods either.
Reshetnikov also said that against the background of falling prices in some regions of the Russian Federation, purchases of Russian products and their export to neighboring countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) began. At the same time, the head of the Ministry of Economic Development noted that there is no need to fear the occurrence of a deficit in this regard. “No, there will not be a deficit. We are constantly monitoring this situation, and we understand the main risk of regulation – it is always the occurrence of a deficit. This is written in all textbooks, and this is how the economy really works,” Reshetnikov added.
“In terms of sunflower oil, there is no need to talk about a deficit at all,” says Mikhail Maltsev, executive director of the Russian Fat and Oil Union. According to him, in the second quarter at the level of the government of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Agriculture, it is planned to develop systemic measures that would ensure long-term regulation of the industry; The Fat and Oil Union will participate in this work.
“We hope that this system will provide not only an affordable level of food prices for our consumers, but also understandable playing conditions for our agricultural producers and processors,” Maltsev said.
In turn, Yuri Belyakov, Chairman of the Presidium of the Association of Retail Companies (AKORT) of the Russian Federation, believes that setting a ceiling price level for eggs in the Russian Federation would create preconditions for an even greater flow of these products with a higher, and therefore attractive, price.
“This is not necessary. Because now we are doing an excellent job and will cope with ensuring that consumer demand is in the right amount, eliminating any risks of deficit and at a price that is lifting for our buyer. If there is no government intervention, there will be no deficit “, – he said.