MOSCOW, 24 May (BelTA) – The EAEU need to address several tasks to ensure food security, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he addressed the 2nd Eurasian Economic Forum in Moscow on 24 May, BelTA has learned.
"The Eurasian region has unique opportunities to increase food production and exports. We have maintained free turnover of products and avoided imposing restrictions on mutual supplies of socially important goods. The level of self-sufficiency for most products (in the union) is 80-95% today. In terms of grain it is 132%, oilseeds - 151%. Surpluses sell well on foreign markets. The demand for food is enormous. And it is growing," the head of state said.
At the same time, a number of tasks need to be addressed in this area. The EAEU needs to compile a list of critical food imports by means of using their own existing industries, their expansion and the creation of new ones, the president noted.
Another task is to approximate the measures of state support for agriculture and the legal framework for its provision, taking into account the national interests of the participating countries.
Aleksandr Lukashenko also called for fast digitalization of manufacturing processes in crop and livestock production.