MINSK, 17 November (BelTA) – Russia's Bashkortostan is interested in developing joint varieties of grains and oilseeds with Belarus, Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Bashkortostan - Minister of Agriculture Ilshat Fazrakhmanov said as he visited the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB) in Minsk on 17 November, BelTA has learned.
"We plan closer cooperation with the institutes of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. I would like to note that Belarus has good scientific traditions and goods results in commercialization of R&D products. For us, the exchange and development of joint varieties of grains and oilseeds is important. Despite the fact that the Republic of Bashkortostan is located in the Ural Mountains region and we have a different climate, certain Belarusian varieties give very good yields," Ilshat Fazrakhmanov said.
Following the visit of the delegation of Bashkortostan, a cooperation agreement was signed between the Institute of Genetics and Cytology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and the autonomous non-profit organization "Interregional Center for the Protection and Promotion of Beekeeping Products of the Republic of Bashkortostan Altyn Solok”. Ilshat Fazrakhmanov noted that the potential for cooperation in science between Belarus and Bashkortostan is quite high. However, according to him, this should not remain on paper only. It is important that the agreement is implemented in practice and in production.
"In order to protect our fields and plants, we are actively working with the NASB on drones. Our country has certain climatic difficulties. For example, in March-April and September-October, we cannot work fields with traditional wheeled tractors, and here drones come to the rescue. We also want to study the experience of Belarus in potato growing: your varieties, technologies and storage capabilities," he stressed.
During the meeting with the leadership of the NAS of Belarus, negotiations were held on the prospects for the development of scientific cooperation between NASB's organizations and the Republic of Bashkortostan in agriculture.