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Latvia still anxious over vegetable embargo


One month after the introduction of the Russian import ban on European fruit and vegetables, Latvian farmers are doing better than expected but they’re not out of the woods yet, the business paper Dienas bizness writes:

“As it turns out, Latvia hasn’t been flooded by cheap Polish vegetables. However the overall situation is uncomfortable, and we must brace ourselves for future losses. Hopefully only in the short term. Not surprisingly, the countries that were supposed to serve as alternative food sources after the first EU sanctions weren’t able to fill Russia’s empty shelves. September isn’t exactly the best time for embargoes. No one had any idea at the start of the year that Russia would switch to new partners for agricultural products right when the harvest would start. All the Latvians can do is set their sights on the Belarusian market in the hope that at least some of their products can enter Russia through this indirect route.”

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