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Buckwheat shortage detected in Moscow: report

08-24-2010 08:24 BJT

MOSCOW, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Buckwheat disappeared from all food stores across Moscow city, the Interfax news agency reported on Monday.

As one of the basic staples for Russians, Buckwheat has been absent from the shop shelves in all the capital's major supermarkets, said the report. Shop managers have been uncertain when the supplies could be restored.

Meanwhile, on the city's free markets, prices for buckwheat jumped from 20 to 76 rubles (from 0.65 to 2.5 U.S. dollars) per kilogram during the last weekend.

The report said buckwheat also disappeared from the supermarkets in Ukraine.

An official in the Russian Ministry of Economic Development told Interfax that he did not see any reasons the government should regulate the prices of buckwheat. Market prices for that grocery rose over 60 percent during the summer.

According to head of Moscow's trade association, Ilya Belonovsky, a hike was expected also in the prices of honey, beer, salt, cheese, sugar and milk.

"Salt traders explain they have suffered from the drought -- it is ridiculous," he told local media.

A buckwheat and milk shortage was expected, the agency reported on Monday citing a head of one of Russia's largest supermarket chains.

The source said, the retailers have already been facing 20 to 30 percent supply shortage of their orders for milk. Price hike for buckwheat was expected up to 60 percent, he added.

The last time basic food disappeared from Russian shops was in August 1998 after the government announced a sovereign default.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: Xinhua

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