On March 14th, at a meeting in the Southern Federal District, the Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev said that self-supply of the annexed Crimea with food products is insufficient.
“The insufficient self-supply of a number of food products raises concerns,” Patrushev noted, mentioning the annexed Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as the Russian republics of Adygeya and Kalmykia.
At the end of 2016 the head of the occupied Crimea Sergei Aksyonov said that Crimean farmers “harvesting record crops for the third consecutive year, despite the blockade.”
Earlier, a record harvest of oysters and mussels was reported by fish farms of the Crimean peninsula in the first nine months of 2016.
After the annexation of the Crimea by Russia, Ukraine stopped supplying water to the peninsula through the North-Crimean canal, which connects the Dnieper River with the peninsula. Ukraine provided up to 85% of the needs of the Crimea in fresh water through this canal.