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Cultivated mushrooms production increased by 80.2% in Russia in 2020

Internal competition is currently on the rise, and plans to optimize production processes with the inclusion of technology and to increase the range of cultivated mushrooms predict a market development that will reduce their prices.


Cultivated mushrooms.

In recent years, the production of mushrooms grown in Russia has grown steadily. According to the regional management bodies of the agro-industrial complex, at the end of 2020, it increased by 80.2% to 86,300 tons. The indicator is almost nine times higher than the 2016 level (9,700 tonnes).

The leading regions in this area are the Kursk region (13,800 tons), the Krasnodar Territory (12,200 tons), the Tula region (10,700 tons), the Moscow region (7,800 tons), among others. Mushroom cultivation is also actively developing in the Leningrad, Voronezh, Kaluga, Rostov and the Republic of Tatarstan regions.

The main measure of state support to producers are short-term preferential loans (for a period of up to 1 year inclusive) and investment loans (for a period of 2 to 8 years). Last year, the Ministry initiated amendments to the Decree of the RF Government of July 25, 2006 No. 458 "On the classification of types of products as agricultural products and primary processing products made from agricultural raw materials of its own production "in terms of its addition with fungal cultures and fungal mycelium. The document made it possible to classify mushroom products as agricultural products subject to taxation and allowed producers to enjoy all the preferences provided by law.

According to Mikhail Glushkov, director of the National Union of Fruit and Vegetable Producers of Russia, currently, internal competition is growing in the mushroom growing subsector. The next step is to optimize production processes, including through the use of new technologies, expanding the range and increasing the competitiveness of the products. This will contribute to the more active development of the mushroom market and reduce their prices.

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