Florists Complain About The Lack Of Profit Amid The Pandemic

Florists Complain About The Lack Of Profit Amid The Pandemic
Florists Complain About The Lack Of Profit Amid The Pandemic

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The Speaker of the Federation Council recalled that a year ago, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin ordered to present a plan of measures to ensure equal competitive conditions in this area. According to Matvienko, the problem has not yet been resolved. Taliya Akhmetova, head of the Florist.ru press service, told the Moscow Govorit radio station that the Russian market expects support from the state. Restrictions on the supply of imported flowers will lead to higher prices. “Any regulation of the market entails not very good consequences, first of all, for the consumer. If our officials are talking about how to "cut down" imports, increase customs duties, increase taxation on the import of flowers, then this will simply lead to an increase in the retail value in the end. With the enthusiasm that they express in relation to the import of flowers, it may be worth investing and looking at some additional preferential parameters for Russian producers. Perhaps Russian production can be helped not by “strangling” imports, but by supporting domestic producers in order to produce more and better. A Russian flower is not much cheaper than an imported one, even in retail and by purchase. " Akhmetova clarified that the rise in prices is determined by fluctuations in the euro exchange rate. Not enough flowers are grown in Russia, added the interlocutor of the radio station. “The prices for flowers are influenced by the same factors from year to year, and the first is the euro rate. The euro exchange rate is growing by leaps and bounds every year, it works better than any government regulation for a domestic manufacturer, since it [manufacturer - approx. GM] is practically independent of the currency. Flowers from us are mainly imported from abroad and bought for euros. At the moment, the share of Russian, domestic flower is about 10-15%, this is not a very large volume, precisely in terms of quantity. If we are talking about the assortment range, then this is no more than 10%. In Russia, not such a huge number of names are grown that Holland or Ecuador supplies to us”. Some foreign flower producers have stopped production due to quarantine measures, Akhmetova said. The flower companies are down to zero, she added. “Flowers are usually bought at flower auctions in Holland. This year we have added a pandemic, "thanks" to which the demand dropped sharply at the time. A huge number of farms abroad simply closed and did not plant flowers, since it was economically impractical, and this flower has simply not grown by now. The share of the flower that suppliers can offer us has fallen compared to last year, and the demand is now not as small as it was during the pandemic. We, our fellow flower growers, are forced to buy a flower for an inflated price, and there is no question of any crazy marginality this year. We cannot increase the cost per flower so much that it would cover our expenses in comparison with previous years, so this year all flower companies are working practically "to zero", this must be understood before talking about market regulation. " Previously, flower suppliers asked the government to "whitewash" the market. Some members of the business community evade taxes. This is what Evgenia Zavyalova, Marketing Director of the 7 Tsvetov florist company, pointed out in an interview with the Moscow Talking radio station.

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