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Russia’s Kamchatka Region to Substitute Salmon Imports on Domestic Market

06 November 2014
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

RUSSIA - Russia’s Far East and Kamchatka are practically able to substitute all of the imported farmed salmon which Russia used to purchase from abroad before the food import ban on a wide range of products was introduced in response to Western sanctions, the territory’s governor Vladimir Ylyukhin told the Federation Council upper house of Russian parliament.

He stressed that Kamchatka territory was one of the country’s major fish producers and, “the region provides almost a third of fish yields in the Far East and one fifth of all yields in Russia in total.”

Proving that, the local administration calculated that 873,600 MT of fish was captured in the area last year, reports the RussianNewsAgency.

Mr Ylyukhin said that in 2014, local producers allocated almost the entire catch to the domestic market, but, unfortunately, only part of the volume had actually reached the consumers yet. Such difficulties with fish transportation are explained by the fact that all goods from Russia’s Far East are delivered via the transport corridor in Russia’s Primorye region.

“Every year Primorye ports are overwhelmed with goods and the local railroad just cannot handle such huge traffic, while the prices on cargo unloading, depositing and transportation are really exorbitant,” the governor said.

He believes that the Northern Sea Route/Sevmorput, the shipping lane from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean running along the Russian Arctic coast to the Bering Strait, can be the solution of the problem, for this bypass route will be much cheaper than costly railroad transportation throughout the country.

Besides, this alternative shipping way may sufficiently raise Russia’s export potential.

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