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Belarus' meat export up 11% in January-September 2018

Economy 20.11.2018 | 13:59

MINSK, 20 November (BelTA) - In January-September 2018 the export of Belarusian meat products went up 11%, Aleksei Bogdanov, Head of the Central Office for Foreign Economic Activities of the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry, told the media during the third export forum Belarus' Meat Industry on 20 November, BelTA has learned.

Aleksei Bogdanov
Aleksei Bogdanov

“Today, Belarus sells meat products to 17 countries. In January-September 2018 the country increased its meat exports by 11% to $724 million. The geography of supplies is very wide. Traditional markets include the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union and the CIS. Belarus sells meat products to far-distance countries as well, including the Asian market. Belarus has also launched deliveries of meat products to China to earn a total of $1.1 million in January-September 2018. This is a promising market, and we will continue strengthening our positions there,” said Aleksei Bogdanov.

The Gulf countries are also considered a priority market for Belarus. Belarusian enterprises are undergoing certification to deliver meat products there. “Vietnam is another interesting market. In January-September 2018, Belarus supplied $3 million worth of meat products there. The assortment of products is wide, and the supplies are growing,” Aleksei Bogdanov said.

In January-September Belarus exported meat products worth of $666 million to Russia. The export of beef rose by 9% as against the same period a year prior, that of poultry by 14%. In 2019, in accordance with the supply balance sheet, Belarus will supply as much poultry to Russia as in 2018 and will increase beef supplies by 20,000 tonnes.

Aleksei Bogdanov spoke about Belarus' farm export targets in general. “In January-September we exported $3.8 billion worth of agricultural products, which was up by 3.5% over the same period a year earlier. The export is projected to reach $5.2-5.3 billion in 2018. In 2019, the export volumes will continue to grow,” he said.

The third installment of the export forum “Belarus' Meat Industry” is running in Minsk on 20-21 November. The organizers are the Agriculture and Food Ministry of Belarus and the industry journal magazine “Product. By”. Attending the event are delegates from 10 countries.

Photos by Gennady Zhinkov

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