Belarusian agricultural sector expands production potential and exports

Alexandre Subbotin. An archive photo

“The agro-industrial complex is one of the priorities of Belarusian state policy. It is the most important area of ​​activity that defines the food, social and political stability of society. Considerable results have been obtained in recent years. The basic criteria of food safety have been guaranteed. The production potential is increasing and the geography of exports is expanding, ”said Aleksandr Subbotin.

Belarus was ranked 23rd in the World Food Safety Rankings in 2020. The country was 36th in 2019. The availability of national programs and the development of regulatory documents on food quality and safety were highly valued (26th position in the world and 18th in Europe).

“There is an adequate level of production for basic products such as milk (256% of domestic needs), sugar (over 176%), vegetable oil (over 232%), meat (around 135%). %), eggs (126%), cereals (107.5%), potatoes and vegetables (more than 100%) to meet the needs of the domestic market mainly through its own resources. An insufficient level is observed in fish (12%), fruits and berries (67%) ”, declared the Deputy Prime Minister.

Belarus produces several times more agricultural products and food per capita than the member states of the EAEU. In 2020, the country produced nearly 600 kg of potatoes and 828 kg of milk per capita (more than in Russia and Armenia).

“The more intensive the development of the industry, the more urgent it is to improve relations in agricultural production, to develop new efficient development methods and models,” said Aleksandr Subbotin.

Lana T. Arthur