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Belarus plans to export food products worth $6 billion

Staff Writer | August 8, 2017
Belarus plans to export its food products to a sum of $6 billion in 2017, Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Rusy said.
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Food trade   China is one of the promising markets
"We expect to reach six billion (U.S. dollars) in terms of exports," he said in an interview with the Stolichnoye Televideniye TV channel, TASS reports.

According to the deputy prime minister, China is one of the promising markets for Belarusian food products.

"Chinese businessmen demonstrate interest to our agro-industrial sector, we have managed to certify a rather big number of our companies making dairy and meat products for the Chinese market," he said.

Belarus has already begun exports of poultry, beef and dairy products to China, Rusy said.

"A contract has been signed to a sum of $20 million on beef exports, another contract of poultry exports is being negotiated," he noted, adding that Belarus has launched test exports of its ice-cream to China.

"In general, it is a rather promising sector. If earlier we planned to export about one million worth of products to China, now we can say that exports have already reached $17 million," the minister said.

In his words, foreign markets show increased demand for Belarusian flour this year. Belarus exported about 100,000 tonnes of flour, including rye flour, in the first six months of 2017.