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01 October 2020, 16:13

Belarus, Russia to advance cooperation in agribusiness

Photos courtesy of the Agriculture and Food Ministry
Photos courtesy of the Agriculture and Food Ministry

MINSK, 1 October (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia have reached an agreement on advancing cooperation in the sphere of agribusiness, BelTA learned from Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister Ivan Krupko during the 30th international agriculture expo Belagro 2020 on 1 October.

The official said: “We've decided that we need an agriculture expo this year despite the pandemic. Russian delegations led by oblast governors have visited our country these days. Proposals were worked out on further joint work with the Russian side: merchandise trade, supplies of components for the manufacturing sector, interaction between R&D centers, experience sharing between specialists, cooperation in the area of seed farming and pedigree cattle husbandry, including cattle trade. I think the result will be mutually beneficial.”

A Russian delegation visited Belagro today. The delegation included Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Dmitry Mezentsev, Bryansk Oblast Governor Aleksandr Bogomaz, and Deputy Pskov Oblast Governor Ninel Salagayeva. They were made familiar with the Belarusian vehicles, machines, and equipment on display and with food industry products. Ivan Krupko met with them on the sidelines of the expo and talked about Belarus' accomplishments in the sphere of agribusiness.

The Russian ambassador said: “Over 30 Russian companies from various constituent entities of the Russian Federation have come for the expo. The scale is astounding. We are certainly interested in the broad range of Belarusian industrial products on display. Our partnership should go beyond simple trade. We are now talking about manufacturing cooperation on another level. We need a joint forecast, including projections about needs of Russian agricultural producers.”

The international agriculture expo Belagro 2020 is taking place in the Indoor Football Arena in Minsk on 29 September – 5 October. As many as 360 companies from 14 countries are taking part in it.

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