Today in Russian Business – Aug 25, 2010

Consumers are having trouble finding buckwheat in stores, with prices set to rise by another 60% as supplies decline.  World wheat prices have fallen slightly on optimism about Russia’s forecasted rains that are expected to aid the sowing of next year’s crops.  It is thought that drought will affect economic growth by at least 0.8% this year.  The government has abandoned a much-criticized plan to impose a customs duty on the personal belongings of foreigners moving to Russia.  The US is seeking to reassure Russia after its agricultural safety service expressed ‘serious concern‘ about salmonella in chicken eggs, just weeks after Russia resumed imports of US poultry following a dispute over the use of chlorine disinfectant.