Belarus to help Georgia in creating dairy farms
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb. 20
By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend:
Belarus is ready to help Georgia in creating dairy farms, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Grakun said at a meeting with Georgia's Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Turnava in Minsk on 19 February, Trend reports citing Georgian media.
The Georgian delegation led by Natia Turnava arrived in Minsk for the sixth meeting of the Georgian-Belarusian intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation.
The commission has been operating since July 2010. The previous meeting of the commission was held in Tbilisi on March 21, 2019.
"Belarus is ready to continue to work on the supply of pedigree cattle and food, to assist in the creation of breeding centers dairy farms in Georgia with the involvement of Belarusian technology," said Grakun.
According to him, Belarus is interested in cooperation with Georgia on the development of aquaculture, including potatoes and flax production.
“We are also ready to provide training services for Georgian students in Belarusian universities of agricultural profile,” the deputy minister added.
Grakun also noted that Belarus traditionally receives mineral water, spirits, grape wines, and nuts from Georgia, while dairy, meat products and cattle are exported from Belarus to Georgia.
“Our mutual trade in agricultural products and food is developing dynamically. However, there are significant unused reserves for its further expansion,” the deputy minister said.
In 2019, the trade between Belarus and Georgia totaled $86.4 million, down 0.6 percent year-on-year. The exports made up $50.8 million (down by 21.4 percent), the imports reached $35.6 million (up by 59.9 percent). Belarus' main exports to Georgia included synthetic thread, milk and dairy products, medications, electric transformers and other goods.
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