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Subsidy for Russian pollock rail transportation . To increase supplies of pollock to the Russian domestic market, the state will subsidise rail transportation of these products from the Far East to the central part of the country.

The government decree on the rules for the provision of state support comes into force on 3 August and involves subsidies to the railway to compensate for losses arising from the establishment of preferential tariffs for the transportation of pollock products. This decision was announced by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on July 26 in a conversation with fishermen during a visit to Iturup Island as part of a working trip to the Far East.

“Such a support mechanism will increase the volume of supplies of pollock from the territory of the Far Eastern Federal District to the central part of our country, and reduce the cost of transportation,” said the head of Government.

In parallel, this will help free up refrigeration capacity for use during the salmon fishing season.

Mishustin also said that he would instruct the Ministry of Agriculture, together with other relevant departments, Russian Railways and industry unions, to comprehensively work out the issue of delivering fish and fish products from the territory of the Far Eastern Federal District to other regions of the country. As part of this work, it will be necessary to walk along the entire chain – from the pier to the counter, in order to ensure the availability of fish products for the population with minimal margins, the Prime Minister said.

According to him, this is part of the measures that President Vladimir Putin spoke about at a meeting with the Government on July 21. Then the head of state emphasized that the issue with the rise in prices for basic products is currently “especially acute.” Putin said that the Russian authorities should actively monitor the situation with food prices in retail chains and expand agricultural producers’ access to points of sale.

“We will continue to closely monitor the situation with prices for food, consumer goods and services,” emphasized Mikhail Mishustin.

In February 2021, the wholesale price for pollock fell by 36.3 percent on an annualised basis, to 65 rubles per kilogram, RBC wrote, citing data from FSUE Natsrybresursy. The price of pollock in Central Russia has decreased from 123 to 85 rubles per kilogram. The indicator returned to the level of June 2017, this was due to sales problems. According to the Fish Union, a kilogram of pollock now costs about 123-127 rubles.

On average, Russians, according to Rosstat, ate 21.9 kilograms of fish and seafood per person last year. This indicator has remained practically unchanged in recent years: in 2012, the country “ate” 21.7 kilograms of fish per person, and the same amount in 2018.

Source: Source: www.pnp.ru