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06 June 2023, 19:15

Belarus' agricultural export totals $2.7m in January-April 2023

MINSK, 6 June (BelTA) – In January-April 2023 Belarus exported $2.7 million worth of agricultural and food products, Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Leonid Zayats said on the sidelines of the international exhibition Belagro 2023 on 6 June, BelTA has learned.

According to the deputy prime minister, Belarus has completely secured its food security and successfully sells its surplus abroad.

“2022 was a record-breaking year for us in terms of supplies. The export of agricultural raw materials and food products rose by 24%, or $1.6 billion. In January-April 2023 we got $2.7 billion, which is 11.2% up compared to the same level of 2022. This shows that our products are in demand and bring us high profit,” Leonid Zayats said.

According to him, such results came following huge investment in the technical and technological re-equipment of Belarusian enterprises 15 years ago.

“I would like to note that this is not the limit, because we have not yet fully explored the markets of Africa. We can also work more actively with China. We have been successfully developing cooperation with Russia, on import substitution in particular. We have preserved the quality of our products, and they are in great demand abroad today,” the deputy prime minister said.

In his words, the head of state set a task for the agricultural sector to reach $10 billion in exports.

“In the 2023/2024 off-season our consumers will eat Belarusian fresh cucumbers. We are taking all measures to provide tomatoes as well. We hope to finally address this issue by 2027/2028,” Leonid Zayats said.

The international exhibition Belagro 2023 is taking place in the China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone on 6-11 June. The exhibition features the advanced trends in the development of crop production, animal husbandry and poultry farming, modern technologies for processing, packaging and storage of products and a variety of agricultural machinery. The agricultural forum traditionally brings together not only Belarusian farmers and workers of the food and processing industry but also their foreign counterparts and partners. This year, the event features 450 companies from Belarus, Russia, China, Pakistan, Turkiye, Vietnam, Germany, Italy, India, and Palestine. The business program will offer some 20 themed conferences and seminars.

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