State support of food production in Russia and eastern Europe is rising, but it is still significantly less than that enjoyed by producers in the existing European Union, an Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report has claimed.

Studying developments in Russia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenia, the paper says that in 2001, the level of government support to farmers as a percentage of their revenue ranged from an average 3% in Bulgaria to 40% in Slovenia.

In all these cases, except the latter country, subsidies were well below the EU average of 35% and the rich worldwide club of OECD countries (31%).