OREANDA-NEWS. There will be no shortage of Russian products if the authorities do not decide to regulate prices directly, former deputy head of the Ministry of Agriculture Leonid Kholod told ABN. But prices will certainly rise, he noted, especially in the cattle segment.

For ordinary products that are produced in our open spaces, there is no reason for a shortage, unless the authorities decide to directly regulate the price level. I rule out such a scenario, but if this happens, it is possible to achieve a deficit even for tap water,” Kholod said.

In general, there are no shortage risks in agriculture, he believes. The sowing season is underway, winter and spring crops have overwintered well - the supply of animal feed will be uninterrupted.

The ex-deputy head of the Ministry of Agriculture warned that some products from tropical countries may temporarily disappear, while others will cost more due to supply difficulties.

Earlier, Russia temporarily banned the export of grain to the EAEU countries. The corresponding decree was signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, and restrictive measures will last until June 30 this year. It also introduces a ban on the export of white sugar and raw cane sugar to third countries until August 31, 2022.