The self-proclaimed "Premier" of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov has called into question the quality of Russian food imported into the occupied peninsula. According to him, in terms of naturalness, local Crimean product is better in quality than similar goods imported from Russia. During a meeting with the "Minister" of agriculture of Crimea Andrew Ryumshin he said that he intends to carry out some testing of products from the Russian Federation collecting the samples right at the Kerch ferry, according to Crimean publication.
“It is necessary to avoid the sale of products that contain palm oil on the territory of the Republic of Crimea. Crimean food product is probably better than in any region of the Russian Federation. It is natural, and we must keep this naturalness in view regarding the available consumer prices. I sent an appeal to the Rosselkhoznadzor. It is necessary to establish a post on the Kerch ferry, which will be able to take tests right on spot and determine whether it is milk or a milk drink,”the "Prime Minister" said.
Earlier, in mid-November 2016 the so-called "Minister of Agriculture" of Crimea Andrew Ryumshin pointed to a number of serious problems in the area of his jurisdiction. According to him, the main problems of agriculture on the Peninsula are low creditworthiness of agricultural enterprises, reducing the total irrigation area due to lack of the required amount of water, from 400 thousand hectares to 13 thousand hectares, and, accordingly, the extinction of the traditional Crimean crops like rice, soybeans and corn.