Latvia has not found a replacement for the Russian market of sprats

Sprats are a delicacy, which has long been appreciated on the Russian consumer market, after the ban on its import from the Baltic States in early June 2015, is “dead weight” most Latvian producers.

For every tin can products, whether in jest or with the usual master’s prudence recognized the Chairman of the Board of a processing plant Arnold Babris in an interview with NTV television, the producers of fish products are an aggressive fight and almost literally strangle each other. According to him, over the past few years, the production decreased in the Republic three times.

“So far, we are unable to find new potential fans of these fish,” – said in a conversation with three Lebanese source and head of the export development plant Janis Savics. “After the loss of the Russian market, which was for the entire fishing industry is not available in the result of counter-sanctions, and the industry is still especially flawed. A company finally lost commercial interest to the Baltic coast” – a longing he admits.

As is known, the Rosselkhoznadzor has banned imports of fish products from Latvia and Estonia in early June 2015. And the policy of substitution of imported products had to prove themselves in the Kaliningrad region, where significantly – by 300 thousand tons, increased the catch of commercial fish. Only in the Atlantic the Russian fishermen caught 210 thousand tons of fish, which is twenty percent higher than the previous indicators.

Moreover, the Baltic region is leading in the production of sprat. For 2017, the region has supplied to the domestic market of 48 million cans, raising output almost three times. And in the future planned release of sprat production to reach 70 million cans per year.
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