Uzbekistan, Russia intensify co-op in agro-industrial sphere
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 26
By Ali Mustafayev – Trend:
The Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Alexander Tkachev held talks with the ministers of Agriculture and Water Resources and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan, Zoir Mirzaev and Elyor Ganiev on September 25, Russian Ministry of Agriculture said in a message.
The delegations of Uzbekistan and Russia discussed the expansion of bilateral cooperation in the agro-industrial complex, during the meeting.
Tkachev noted that Uzbekistan is a promising export partner for Russian agricultural producers and proposed to adjust the supply of sugar from Russia to Uzbekistan. The Uzbek side, in turn, expressed interest in purchasing Russian sugar.
Russian minister also expressed interest in increasing supplies of oil and fat products, in particular sunflower and soybean oil, as well as grain, fish and fish products, meat (beef), potato seeds and confectionery products on the Uzbek market.
The both parties supported the idea of expanding cooperation in the joint selection of cereals, legumes and oil seeds, including long-term integrated development of crop production.
The officials expressed readiness for comprehensive interaction, including development in the field of agrarian education and training of personnel. They confirmed the countries’ interest in long-term cooperation in all areas of the agricultural sector.
Imports of agricultural products from Uzbekistan to Russia increased by 27%, which is $75 million, due to expansion of supplies of fruit and vegetable products, during the first half of 2017.
At the same time, Russia exported agricultural products worth $131 million to Uzbekistan.