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Milk production in Belarus exceeds domestic demand more than twice

Economy 14.11.2018 | 17:40
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MINSK, 14 November (BelTA) - Milk production in Belarus exceeds domestic demand more than twice, Belarus Deputy Agriculture and Food Minister Igor Brylo said during the roundtable on food security in Minsk on 14 November, BelTA has learned.

According to international estimates, Belarus is characterized as a country that ensures food availability, Igor Brylo said. “Food security is ensured in full in Belarus. "In terms of such products as eggs, meat and milk, the country's self-sufficiency is 1.3-2.3 times higher than the demand,” Igor Brylo noted. For example, milk self-sufficiency made up 235.4% in 2017.

In terms of the per capita production of the absolute majority of agricultural goods Belarus significantly surpasses other CIS countries. For example, last year the per capita production of potatoes in Belarus was 675kg (for comparison: 201kg in Russia, 197kg in Kazakhstan), that of meat – 127kg (71kg in Russia, 56kg in Kazakhstan), and that of milk - 771kg (212kg in Russia, 303kg in Kazakhstan).

Livestock production plays a special role in ensuring food security. “Thanks to the state's well-balanced policy to develop the agricultural industry and to improve production capacities of livestock facilities, the country has ensured the necessary level of production to satisfy the domestic demand in dairy and meat products and increase exports,” the deputy minister said.

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