MINSK, 11 November (BelTA) – Belarus is working on setting up a joint venture to make veterinary drugs in Kazakhstan, BelTA learned from Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister Ivan Krupko on 11 November.
According to the source, a number of contracts were signed at a forum in Kazakhstan in early November. The contracts envisage the designing of a dairy complex, the delivery of Belarusian equipment and Belarusian pedigree cattle for the complex, and the acquisition of meat and dairy products. A Kazakh delegation is in Belarus on a visit now. “We've reaffirmed previous agreements and further explored such areas as cooperation in agrarian education and science, artificial selection, and veterinary science. Work is now in progress on setting up a joint venture to make veterinary drugs for Kazakhstan and for third countries,” Ivan Krupko said.
The agriculture and food minister noted that Belarus-Kazakhstan cooperation in agribusiness develops dynamically. In January-September 2021 Belarus' agricultural export to Kazakhstan totaled $219.7 million, 107.1% as against January-September 2020. Kazakhstan is Belarus' third largest importer of agricultural products and food after Russia and China. Belarus' traditional exports to Kazakhstan include meat and dairy products, pedigree products, sugar. Belarus imports cotton fiber, vegetables, melons and gourds from Kazakhstan.
Kazakh Agriculture Minister Yerbol Karashukeyev expressed interest in further increasing mutual trade in agricultural products. “We have a great potential for expanding the deliveries. We have something to work on for the sake of stepping up the presence of Kazakh products on the Belarusian market and Belarusian products on the Kazakh market,” he stressed.