On the eve of the introduction of a self-isolation regime due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the Russians bought up all the groats in supermarkets. Shops hardly had time to replenish the shelves. Photos of half-empty shelves in the grocery departments spread on the net. And the employees of one of the chain hypermarkets even launched a flash mob with requests to the population "to remove the" crown "from buckwheat.
Due to the increased demand for cereals, including buckwheat, the board of the Eurasian Economic Commission temporarily banned the export of food from the country , Novye Izvestia writes . Limitations are set until the end of June.
Now farmers still have about 300 thousand tons of buckwheat. According to the first deputy head of the Ministry of Agriculture, Dzhambulat Khatuov, these stocks will be enough until the next harvest, Interfax writes. This year, farmers plan to increase crops by 50-70 thousand hectares, which will create a supply of raw materials for processing for the next two years. Last year, 800 thousand hectares were set aside for buckwheat in the country.
Khatuov added that the demand for cereals is stabilizing and will remain at the same level. According to him, now the excitement among the population has subsided, people have already stocked up on necessary goods.