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Belarus plans to earn $50m in potato exports in 2019

Economy 16.09.2019 | 10:53

MINSK, 16 September (BelTA) – Belarus plans to earn some $50 million in the export of potatoes this year, Aleksei Bogdanov, Head of the Central Office for Foreign Economic Activities of the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry, said in an interview to the Belarus 1 TV channel, BelTA has learned.

Belarus is expected to harvest 7 million tonnes of potatoes in 2019. Of them 45,000 tonnes will be placed into the stabilization fund. Over 500,000 tonnes of potatoes will be sold abroad.

“We are set to keep the momentum of the previous year and earn some $50 million [in the export of potatoes],” said Aleksei Bogdanov.

In his words, Belarus actively supplies foreign markets with both food and seed potatoes. “In H1 2019, the export totaled some 1,000 tonnes,” Aleksei Bogdanov said.

Russia, Moldova and Ukraine are the top three out of 17 foreign buyers of Belarusian potatoes. The country also sells much to Serbia, Macedonia and Turkey.

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