In March 2015, the Russian agriculture ministry set minimum state purchase prices for grains.



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Ministry of Agriculture of Russia. Order N119 dated 31-03-2015, Об определении предельных уровней минимальных цен на зерно урожая 2015 года при проведении государственных закупочных интервенций в 2015-2016 годах (On the determination of the limit levels of the minimum prices for grain in the crop of 2015 during government procurement interventions in 2015-2016),

Inception date: 01 Jul 2015 | Removal date: 30 Jun 2016
Still in force

Price stabilisation

On 31 March 2015, the Russian agriculture ministry set the minimum purchase prices for grains, valid between July 2015 and July 2016. When market prices fell below the minimum prices, the government undertakes an obligation to centrally procure listed goods.

The Russian federal law "On Development of Agriculture (№264, 2006) allows price interventions with regard to wheat, barley, rye, corn and other products listed by the Government. To trigger such interventions, the Russian agriculture ministry has to publish and order and monitor prices.

The VAT-inclusive per-tonne prices, depending on the federal district, are set as follows:

  • wheat, third class - 9500 rubles in the Ural, Siberia and the Far East and 9700 for all other federal districts (preceding period - 6400/6750)
  • wheat, fourth class - 8700 and 8900 (preceding period 6200/6450)
  • wheat, fifth class - 8400 and 8600 (preceding period 6000/6100)
  • rye, A grade - 6400 in all districts (preceding period 5100)
  • forage barley - 6500 in all districts (preceding period 5150)
  • corn, third class  - 6900 in all districts (preceding period 5600).

The 2015 prices are significantly higher than the previous years' price changes. The present changes are all in the magnitude of over a thousand rubles, while previous price changes were in a couple of hundreds of rubles. 

The Order of the ministry was in force between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016, but on 5 October 2015, the ministry updated the prices (the order was published on 14 October 2015, see related act GTA ID 38188 - Russian Federation: Agriculture Ministry Updates Minimal Purchase Prices for Grains (2015-16)). The update concerned all products, except corn.