In 2011 Belarus is expected to supply Ukraine with milk powder, butter and sugar. The relevant agreement was made during a meeting between Agriculture and Food Minister of Belarus Mikhail Rusyi and Deputy Minister for Agrarian Policy of Ukraine Igor Yakubovych in Minsk on 18 February, BelTA learnt from the press service of the Agriculture and Food Ministry of Belarus.
Ukraine showed its interest in the import of Belarusian dairy products and sugar. Belarusian producers can supply Ukraine with 6,000 tonnes of skimmed milk powder and 18,000 tonnes of 72%-fat butter at negotiated prices. Meat and Milk Company will act as Belarus' sole supplier.
Apart from that, there are plans to export 100,000 tonnes of Belarusian beet sugar to Ukraine this year, i.e 25,000 tonnes of beet sugar of the 2010 harvest and 75,000 tonnes of beet sugar of the 2011 harvest. The sole supplier on Belarus' behalf will be Belarusian Sugar Company.
The Ukrainian side offered Belarus to acquire a consignment of 10,000 tonnes of pork for processing companies and confirmed its readiness to supply grain as well as partake in the Belarusian tenders for grain purchase.
Mikhail Rusyi noted that Belarus is interested in joint breeding of Lucerne, sunflower and maize seeds. Ukraine, for its part, expressed readiness to partake in the project as well as to open a joint company to assemble combine harvesters on its territory.
The heads of the agricultural industries of the two countries exchanged the information of the situation in the agrarian sectors, discussed the ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation, trade and economic relations in the agricultural area.