MINSK, 7 June (BelTA) - Belarusian farmers intend to increase agricultural production by almost 5% this year, Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister Igor Brylo told he media on the sidelines of the international exhibition Belagro 2022, BelTA has learned.
The minister stressed that Belarus will be fully stocked with food this year. All prerequisites are in place for this. "We have accumulated mineral fertilizers according to technological standards, we are fully provided with fuel, farm machines are properly maintained. We look set to increase agricultural production by almost 5% this year. I am convinced that we will reach this goal," Igor Brylo noted.
This year Belarus is set to harvest 9 million tonnes of grain, about 760,000 tonnes of rapeseed, about 5 million tonnes of sugar beet. "The goals across all positions are quite ambitious," the minister said.
Belarus supplies food to more than 100 countries. "Last year we had a record high export of $6.7 billion. We are off to a good start this year, despite the logistics changes that were caused by the recent developments. In January-April, exports amounted to $2.2 billion, which was up by 11% year-on-year," Igor Brylo said.
The international exhibition Belagro 2022 is running in the China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone from 7 to 11 June. 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 more than 400 companies from different countries, including Belarus, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and others are taking part in the exhibition. The expo will feature a large number of participants from Russia - more than 30 regions and 16 individual stands.
Collective expositions will be offered by the Agriculture and Food Ministry, Industry Ministry, National Academy of Sciences, Belgospishcheprom and Belcoopsoyuz. The exposition will be supplemented by the exhibitions Belfarm (the latest achievements in cattle breeding) and Belproduct (food products).
Belagro will become a platform for business negotiations. The exhibition program will include B2B meetings, debates, conferences, demonstrations and contests.