Russian authorities grapple with food security concerns. Subsidies for egg proposed
Russian policymakers must respond to the declining mood in society. Essential food supplies like eggs are in short supply. A few weeks ago, a video surfaced from Saratov showing Russians waiting in long lines to buy a small quantity of eggs.
Sergey Lisovsky, a member of the Russian parliamentary committee, has a unique solution for the situation. The politician proposes subsidizing egg purchases to counter the increasing prices.
Will Subsidies Diffuse the "Tensions in Society"?
According to Lisovsky, a "minor subsidy" for egg purchases could help mitigate the rapidly deteriorating social mood. High inflation has made it hard for people to afford essential food products.
Sergey Lisovsky proposed that low-income citizens should receive subsidies for egg purchases. He mentioned that "small amounts" could possibly "diffuse tension in society", as conveyed on social media by Ukrainian blogger and politician Anton Gerashchenko.
Lisovsky argues that the decision made in December last year to import eggs from abroad has failed to address the food security issue adequately.
Notably, the demand for eggs in many Russian cities is so high that authorities have restricted their sale. Measures such as selling eggs individually and imposing sale limits have been enforced to prevent people from hoarding eggs.
In response to an over 50 per cent surge in egg prices, the government has ordered the import of eggs from Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iran, and Turkey as an alternative to eggs from the European Union, which Russians had previously been consuming before the onset of war.