Russia's farming sector.
Russian agriculture is thriving because of government import restrictions that have greatly reduced foreign competition and encouraged farmers to increase and diversify production. An import-substitution programme has been successful, particularly for vegetables. Meanwhile, the export-oriented grain sector continues to shine, achieving record harvest levels. Any annual dip results from seasonal weather variables, not sectoral productivity.
- The protectionist argument may have been won for farming but this does not make it valid for other industries.
- Rising pork production is at risk from African swine fever, with a reported outbreak in the Russian Far East in August.
- A plan to issue electronic food coupons to poor people has been repeatedly delayed since 2017 and will now happen after 2020.