MINSK, 13 February (BelTA) - Belarus is planning to reduce the costs of the certification of organic products, Belarus' Agriculture and Food Minister Anatoly Khotko said at the ministry's board meeting, BelTA has learned.
“Organic products are gaining popularity. Belarus has significant potential in this regard and is beginning to tap into it. The regions are ready to work in compliance with the standards and to ramp up the production and export of organic goods. Manufacturers of organic products are considering the amendments to Decree No.347. They suggest changes in part of the costs of certification of organic products and their manufacturing processes, including with the financial assistance from the state budget,” Anatoly Khotko said.
The minister noted that this is a new sector for the country and it will contribute to the development of the agricultural industry and efficient use of natural resources.
“We also seek to increase the production of non-traditional goods. For example, some factories in Belarus already breed snails. The production of medicinal plants and essential oil plants is promising too. Small businesses, farms have a role to play in this matter,” the minister added.