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18-05-2012 15:34 Belarus

Minsk, Khmelnitsky to cooperate in agriculture

MINSK (BelTA) - Minsk and Khmelnytsky Oblasts will develop cooperation in agriculture. This issue was high on the agenda of a meeting in the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee with a delegation of the Ukrainian region, BelTA has learnt.

According to Minsk Oblast Governor Boris Batura, the overall trade between Ukraine and Minsk Oblast is increasing (up about two times in Q1). But the trade with Khmelnitsky is not satisfactory. The potential of the regions is untapped. There are a lot of promising areas of cooperation, including in agriculture. These include the delivery to Ukraine of refrigerating and milking equipment, agricultural machinery. Minsk Oblast is interested in purchasing young animals, cattle, protein components for livestock. In addition, in Minsk Oblast there is a company that builds dairy farms on a turnkey basis. Its products can be of interest for Khmelnytsky Oblast.

"We have to work to increase trade. We are ready to consider any offers on your part regarding the ways to increase bilateral trade,” said Boris Batura.

In turn, Deputy Chairman of the Khmelnytsky Oblast State Administration Vladimir Galishchuk stressed the importance of such visits as they provide an opportunity to establish business contacts, find common ground of interest. He praised what he saw in Belarus, particularly the experience of social development in rural areas, the personnel policy, and construction of new facilities. “We see progress in agricultural production, and we have learnt for ourselves. Cooperation in the agro-industrial complex has great prospects. One of the areas of interaction can be joint projects in the production of agricultural equipment, machinery, supplies of fodder grain.

Minsk Oblast has concluded 16 agreements on trade, economic, sci-tech and cultural cooperation with 15 oblasts of Ukraine. Twelve districts of Minsk Oblast and the town of Zhodino develop twin-town relations with the regions of Ukraine. In January-March 2012 Minsk Oblast exported products to 24 regions of Ukraine. The trade exceeded $184.5 million (accounting for 194% of the trade in the same months last year). The exports made up $133.2 million (up 3.2 times to the first three months of 2011). Belarus had a trade surplus of $81.9 million. Belarus exports to Ukraine include 156 commodity items. Among them are oil products, fertilizers, trucks. Belarus main imports are flat rolled products, special profiles for carbon steel.

The agreement on cooperation with Khmelnitsky Oblast was signed in 2003. Vileika and Pereyaslavl-Khmelnitsky are twin-towns. In Q1 2012 the trade between the oblasts dropped by 16.4% to $199,800. In 2011 foreign trade reached $1.1 million (8.7% to 2010). The export soared 6.3 times to $52,200. Khmelnitsky Oblast supplied sanitaryware products, gravel-stone, sheets, others.

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