Russia may increase the quota of tomatoes imported from Turkiye by 50,000 tons, according to reports.
Russian news agency Interfax said the country may increase the tomato import quota from Turkiye, which is currently 300,000 tons, to 350,000 tons.
Russia’s Agriculture Ministry is preparing a new draft regarding the import of tomatoes from Turkiye, the report said.
Turkiye’s sector representatives have long been arguing that the quota should be lifted completely.
Turkiye generated $363 million (TL 4.89 billion) in revenue from 623,000 tons of tomato exports in 2021. About half of the said exports were made to Russia.
Russia first imposed the quota in 2015 after Turkiye downed a Russian warplane that it said violated its airspace near the Syrian border. Moscow lifted the import ban in November 2017 as tensions between the two countries eased, particularly after the launch of the TurkStream pipeline carrying Russian gas to Turkey, but set limits.
Moscow initially increased the quota by 50,000 tons in February 2020 to 200,000 tons and then raised it to 250,000 tons in January last year. Russia’s Agriculture Ministry raised the quota by another 50,000 tons to 300,000 tons in April 2021.