Monday, 27 October 2014

Russia looks to India for milk

A team of experts from Russia are set to carry out inspections of milk processing units in India to explore the possibility of importing dairy products from them.

If successful exporting butter, cheese and milk powder could start by December.

This follows on from last month’s visit to Moscow by India’s commerce ministry who discussed resuming meat and dairy exports previously banned by Russia because of a foot and mouth outbreak years ago.

Good news for India perhaps but not what Russian domestic producers would want to hear as they looked to capitalise on the sanctions placed on US and EU supply’s.

Russian officials might be extolling the benefit sanctions will play in building local food production but they don’t seem to be doing anything to support it.

By looking to other countries to supply the immediate shortfall in supplies that sanctions have created they will be delaying further any investment in domestic production.