On the eve of the self-isolation regime a food panic seized Russians: people swept buckwheat and other durable goods from the groceries' shelves. Shops did not have time to replenish the shelves and even launched a flash-mob with requests to people to "remove the crown from the buckwheat." The excitement ended with the Russians stocking up on food for the future, and retailers suffered losses because they could not sell goods with a short shelf life.
“The country cannot have buckwheat deficiency by default. There are still a lot of reserves. Until the next harvest, about 300 thousand tons of buckwheat remains, in terms of cereals - this is about 240 thousand tons of buckwheat, this is more than enough to meet the demand of the population”, - Interfax writes with the reference to Zlochevsky’s words.
Earlier, Novye Izvestia wrote that this year it is planned to increase buckwheat crops by almost 10% - up to 858 thousand hectares. The strategic stock will be enough for processing for the next two years. The raw materials will remain in the country in full, since Russia practically does not export it.
The rush demand led only to higher prices for these products, Zlochevsky said. According to him, people have stocked up on goods and will eat it for a long time, and because of this the expert does not exclude the pressure of the formed stocks on market prices. According to the Federal State Statistics Service, in April prices continue to increase for a number of basic foodstuffs, including buckwheat.