MINSK, 3 February (BelTA) – In January-November 2015, Belarus' dairy exports to the European Union increased by 1.7 times, Alexei Bogdanov, Head of the Central Office for Foreign Economic Activities at the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry, told journalists on 3 February after the meeting between Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister Leonid Zayats and Head of the EU Delegation to Belarus Andrea Wiktorin, BelTA has learned.
“In 2015, we increased our exports of dairy products to the European Union. In January-November 2015, Belarus' exports rose by 67% from the same period of 2014 in physical terms. The main exports were whey powder and concentrated products,” Alexei Bogdanov said.
All in all, the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry exported $32.5 million worth of products to the EU in 2015. “This is 23% down as against the level of 2014. The decline is not a result of poor efforts. Our warehouses are empty, everything is sold out. We just sell our goods to other countries at better prices,” Alexei Bogdanov explained.
In 2015, the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry exported products to 18 EU member states. Belarus' major exports were casein, flax fiber, rapeseed oil, leather, grain, and dairy products. “Ten Belarusian enterprises have certificates allowing them to supply products to the EU market, four of them are dairies. These are Savushkin Product Dairy, Verkhnedvinsk Creamery, Beryoza Cheese-Making Plant, and the Kopyl subsidiary of Slutsk Creamery,” Alexei Bogdanov said.
He added that in 2016 the ministry will be working to help Belarusian poultry farms get certificates required for exports to the EU. “The EU market is oversaturated, so we have decided to focus our attention on the countries of Southeast Asia and Africa. However, we will keep an eye on the market of the European Union,” Alexei Bogdanov stressed.More about Economy