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Belarus' dairy, meat export up by 6.2% in January-August 2019

Economy 23.10.2019 | 16:04
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MINSK, 23 October (BelTA) – Belarus' export of dairy and meat products went up by 6.2% in January-August 2019, Deputy Head of the Main Department for Husbandry Development of the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry Ivan Tsarik said at a press conference on 23 October, BelTA has learned.

“In January-August 2019, the export of meat and dairy products accounted for 59.6% of the total export. Its share in the total export increased by 1.7% year-on-year. Belarus earned $2.085 billion in dairy and meat export revenue (106.2% as against the same period of last year), with dairy products export at $1.505 billion (114.3%) and meat export at $580 million (89.8%),”Ivan Tsarik noted.

Belarus' export of meat products decreased due to the restrictions on supplies of Belarusian meat products to the Russian market imposed by the Russian food quality watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor.

In quantity terms, Belarus exported 2.89 million tonnes of dairy products (103.2% as against January-August 2018) and 225,200 tonnes of meat and meat products (92.5%). “We have boosted the dairy export thanks to the national and sectoral modernization programs,” Ivan Tsarik said.

The share of export in the dairy industry in Belarus hit 60.3%, in the meat industry it stands at 28%. The major exports are butter, cheeses, milk powder, milk whey powder, beef and poultry. “Belarus is among the world five largest exporters of the main types of dairy products. In terms of butter export it places third, cheeses and quark export – fourth, milk powder and skimmed milk – fifth. The country is also among the world leading meat exporters. Belarus ranks seventh in terms of chilled beef export and tenth in terms of poultry export,” Ivan Tsarik noted.

In January-August 2019, Belarus exported $1.452 billion worth of dairy products (116.4% as against the same period of 2018) and $555.5 (86.7%) million worth of meat products to the CIS countries. Apart from the CIS, Belarus' biggest export markets were Asian countries ($47.7 million): China, Mongolia, Japan, the Philippines, and Yemen. Belarus also supplied dairy products to countries of Africa, America and the EU. “All in all, we shipped dairy products to 51 countries. We also got access to ten new markets,” Ivan Tsarik added.

Belarus exported $24.4 million worth of meat products to non-CIS countries in January-August 2019, which was five times up year-on-year. Asian countries accounted for the biggest share of export apart from the CIS countries. For example, Belarus supplied meat products worth $22 million to China. The country exported meat and meat products to 19 countries and advanced to five new markets.

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