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1 Dec 2020

Belarus ready to more actively contribute to agriculture of Russia’s Pskov Oblast

Belarus ready to more actively contribute to agriculture of Russia’s Pskov Oblast
Igor Petrishenko

MINSK, 1 December (BelTA) – Belarus is ready to more actively participate in programs on developing the agriculture of Russia’s Pskov Oblast. Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Igor Petrishenko made the statement during a videoconference meeting of the working group on cooperation between Belarus and Pskov Oblast on 1 December, BelTA has learned.

The official said: “Pskov Oblast specializes in meat animal husbandry, farming of potatoes, vegetables, and forage crops. The region is also one of the key players on the Russian pork market. Belarus has a similar agriculture structure. It gives us an opportunity to organize constant exchange of experience, technologies, and specialists. The Belarusian side is ready to step up participation in agriculture development programs in Pskov Oblast.”

The deputy prime minister suggested considering the possibility of exporting more Belarusian agricultural machines to Pskov Oblast, including powerful tractors, grain and forage harvesters, grain-drying complexes, sowing and tilling machines. Leasing and preferential lending can be used for that. Belarusian companies can offer equipment for the development of the dairy industry as well.

Igor Petrishenko pointed out that Belarusian producers can satisfy Pskov Oblast’s demand for passenger vehicles, trucks, road construction machines, and municipal vehicles. “For the last few years we’ve been developing the production sector bearing in mind needs of the Russian market among other things,” he noted. “As we know, Pskov Oblast needs to radically renew the fleet of urban buses, primarily in the region’s capital.”

In September 2020 a dealership of the Belarusian automobile engineering company MAZ won a tender for the delivery of 11 supersize buses and six large-capacity buses to Pskov. A trial run of a MAZ bus powered by natural gas also took place in Pskov.

According to Igor Petrishenko, Pskov Oblast could use services of Belarusian civil engineering companies. Apart from building city blocks they could build social facilities such as schools, kindergartens and hospitals while using credit resources of the Development Bank of the Republic of Belarus (DBRB). Igor Petrishenko also suggested advancing cooperation in the sphere of education and healthcare.

“On the whole, we are ready to discuss any proposals aimed at invigorating bilateral cooperation. We are ready to ensure maximum support for all the mutually beneficial constructive ideas and projects,” the official concluded.

An action plan for 2021-2023 will be signed as a result of the meeting of the working group in order to implement the agreement between the Belarusian government and the Pskov Oblast administration on trade, economic, scientific, technical, and cultural cooperation.

In January-September 2020 trade between Belarus and Pskov Oblast totaled $77 million, 17.3% down from the same period of last year. Belarus secured a foreign trade surplus of $16.6 million. The main exports were uncondensed milk and dairy cream, products made of ferrous metals, of cement, concrete, and artificial stone, plastics.

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