20 Reasons Why the Agriculture Sector Is Seen As Critical to Russia’s Economy


Legendary investor Jim Rogers said he’s hedging away from the U.S. and Europe and looking into the Japanese, Russian and Chinese markets.

“These markets are all depressed compared to history,” he told the FOX Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo.

The Russian economy is getting better and sanctions have created a “whole new industry,” he said.

“They’ve forced together with the Asians. Agriculture is booming because nobody can sell to them and they can’t buy from us. So their agriculture is booming. Chinese are everywhere,” he said. 

The following was originally published by London Paul at The Sirius Report on February 18, 2017 after Russia's wheat exports surpassed those of the United States in 2016 [a very cold, damp summer in European Russia may help the U.S. catch up this year]. (Cover photo of a wheat harvester by Sputnik International)


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  1. Agriculture has been arguably a flagship of the Russian national economy over the past 15 years
  2. Russian agricultural production has increased by over 4% in 2016
  3. Higher sales in the agricultural sector has stimulated demand for agricultural machinery
  4. Russia has demonstrated its ability to tackle the issues of food safety and has significantly boosted export potential
  5. Russia has thrived in the face of western sanctions, finding new target markets to export it’s agricultural produce
  6.  Russia still has a dependence on foreign technologies despite large-scale import substitution and export expansion. However it is now taking steps to address these concerns
  7. Russia has domestically produced foodstuffs worth nearly $4 billion under the import substitution program
  8. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has set the task of boosting exports of Russia’s agricultural products from $17 to $19 bln
  9. The primary objective of the Russian government is to ensure they produce sufficient agricultural produce to feed themselves, wherever that is at all possible
  10. They wish to create an environment for Russian companies to do business in international markets
  11. The development of a broad range of state instruments of financial and non-financial support for non-resource exports
  12. The development of a specific program of export crediting, the formation of export infrastructure including industrial zones, trade houses abroad and logistics facilities inside the country
  13. Future participation in international exhibitions in close cooperation with development institutions of leading agricultural associations
  14. Focus on the regulatory environment by lifting barriers and optimising procedures related to obtaining documents on international trade supplies, confirming zero rates, VAT refund and customs and tariff operations
  15. The systematic state aid and efficient management in the agricultural sector, as well as searching for new growth areas, such as new market channels and technological independenc
  16. The development of crucial factors for maintaining and increasing growth rates in local agricultur
  17. An aggressive external policy on acquiring shares and even whole companies that are the agro-technical leaders in the global market which will speed up the formation of a national technological base in this area
  18. The successful accumulation of human and investment resources for carrying out research in cutting-edge areas
  19. Integration of technologies e.g. Japanese centres of excellence and Brazilian corporation in agricultural research
  20. The transition of brand new technologies to real growth sectors in agriculture