MINSK, 9 June (BelTA) – Belarus plans to increase the export of food products and agricultural raw materials to Amur Oblast of the Russian Federation. This matter was discussed at the meeting of the heads of the working group on cooperation between Belarus and Amur Oblast, BelTA has learned.
Belarus put forward a number of proposals to intensify cooperation in the agricultural industry. One of the main proposals was to ramp up direct deliveries of Belarusian food products and agricultural raw materials under direct contracts of trading companies. In addition, Belarus suggested cooperating in seed production and livestock breeding.
Belarusian companies would like to take part in the design of livestock and greenhouse complexes, vegetable and grain storage facilities in Amur Oblast and to supply equipment for agricultural facilities of the region. In addition, Belarus suggested collaborating in agricultural education and science, as well as training, internships and retraining of agricultural personnel at agricultural universities of Belarus.
“The parties also discussed plans to step up trade. We identified promising avenues of cooperation, mutually beneficial supplies, and also agreed to meet again to discuss specific proposals in detail. Belarus supplies seeds and agricultural machinery to Amur Oblast, including components and spare parts. In addition, we design dairy farms and provide them with the necessary equipment. In turn, Amur Oblast has a very developed production of soybeans,” said Sergei Perekhod, adviser at the Main Department for Foreign Economic Affairs of the Agriculture and Food Ministry.
Belarus exports canned meat, jams and fruit purees, as well as yeast to Amur Oblast. In January-March 2022, the trade in agricultural products with Amur Oblast amounted to $788,200. Belarus' export was estimated at $67,100.
In 2021, the trade in food products and agricultural raw materials with Amur Oblast amounted to $11.8 million, up 10.3 times over 2020. Belarus' export was estimated at $163,100.