Krasnodar, 9 October – Yug Times. Presently, Kuban gardeners are forced to spout huge lots of apples at very low prices. They have no other choices — there are not enough storerooms to keep the fruit. How can they develop under such conditions? The farmers tried to find the answer to this question at a roundtable organized on September 27 by the regional Chamber of Trade and Industry.
According to Nikolai Shcherbakov, general director of the Kuban Gardeners’ Union, last year the local gardeners missed more than 3 billion rubles, mainly due to the beneficial conditions for Moldovan, Polish and other imported fruit. The situation could have been improved should the relations with the retailers have been better — but the retailers have a lot of demands that are extremely difficult to satisfy. At the same time, Kuban-grown apples do appear in the retail chains through the intermediaries — but they cost there two or three times more than the grower’s facility.
On the other hand, Andrei Medvedev, owner of the Most Agro Company, says: “The gardeners should stop complaining about their fate and difficulties and set out to learn the world experience and found cooperatives — to be able to stand upon their interests, fight with the imports, set their own prices, and lobby the [needed] legal enactments at the parliament. Unless such association has been formed, there is nothing to speak about.”