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12 Aug 2014

Rosselkhoznadzor: Belarus is able to increase cheese export to Russia

Rosselkhoznadzor: Belarus is able to increase cheese export to Russia

MINSK, 12 August (BelTA) – Russia believes that Belarus has considerable reserves to increase cheese supplies to Russia, Head of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) Sergei Dankvert said as he met with Belarus’ Agriculture and Food Minister Leonid Zayats on 12 August, BelTA has learned.

“Belarus has an exceptional chance to supply 200,000 tonnes of cheese instead of 100,000 tonnes taking into consideration the capacity of its cheese-making factories,” Sergei Dankvert said. He is convinced that Belarus has everything it needs to do that. However, local plants might have to work additional shifts.

The Rosselkhoznadzor chief noted that overall there are no obstacles for increasing supplies within the Customs Union, except for the balances coordinated by the ministers. Sergei Dankvert believes that it is high time to abandon this practice.

Leonid Zayats reiterated that Belarus is ready to expand dairy exports to the Russian Federation. According to the Agriculture and Food Ministry, this will not hurt the domestic market. “Since August we have been increasing cheese output in order to expand exports,” he said. Leonid Zayats emphasized again that all Belarusian agricultural products meet the highest quality and safety requirements.

It was reported earlier that on 6 August Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed the Executive Order On Special Economic Measures to Protect the Russian Federation’s Security. This document imposes immediate bans, for one year, on imports of certain agricultural products originating from the countries that supported anti-Russian sanctions. The document reads that these measures are aimed to protect the national interests of the Russian Federation. The document bans the import of pork, beef, poultry, fish, cheese, milk, fruits and vegetables from Australia, Canada, the European Union, the United States, and Norway.

After the decree was passed, Belarus announced that it is ready to increase food supplies to the Russian market. Leonid Zayats said that the exports to Russia could be diversified by supplying pasta, vegetables, groceries, confectionery and meat and dairy products.

The increase in Belarus’ food exports to Russia will be discussed in greater detail during the meeting with Russia’s Vice Premier Arkady Dvorkovich in Moscow on 13 August. A Belarusian delegation led by Deputy Premier Mikhail Rusy will go there on 13 August. Taking part in the meeting will be Leonid Zayats and Chairman of the Belarusian food industry concern Belgospishcheprom Alexander Zabello.

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