MINSK, 7 March (BelTA) – The demand for Belarusian products on the domestic market is high, Minister of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade Aleksei Bogdanov said following a meeting to discuss the development of greenhouse production at DorORS company, BelTA has learned.
According to Aleksei Bogdanov, the high demand for Belarusian products on the domestic market is attributed to two factors. “Firstly, they are often cheaper. Secondly, Belarusian products are highly regarded not only abroad, but also domestically. If we increase the production of cucumbers and tomatoes during the off-season and import less, customers will buy them gladly as they trust domestic manufacturers more than foreign ones,” the minister said.
In winter, prices for greenhouse vegetables go up, because their production cost increases, he stressed. “This kind of production needs gas, heating, lighting, which pushes up the prime cost,” said Aleksei Bogdanov. “One of the reasons for the increase in vegetable prices this season is that we were cut off from imports (the EU, Türkiye). The only country from where we can import cucumbers this season is Russia, but there is no price regulation there. The situation on the market contributed to the price rise,” the minister said.
According to him, Belarusian cucumbers, which were almost twice as cheap, had a competitive advantage over imported cucumbers. “If we produce more cucumbers, we will consistently be able to offer reasonable and fair prices on the domestic market,” the minister concluded.