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Belarus, Turkmenistan to expand ties in agriculture

MINSK, 28 April (BelTA) – Belarus and Turkmenistan have plans to step up cooperation in agriculture, BelTA learnt from the press service of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Belarus.

The relevant agreement between the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Belarus and the Agriculture Ministry of Turkmenistan was signed in Minsk on 27 April. “The agreement aims to expand direct economic, manufacturing and scientific links between companies, organizations and research centers of Belarus and Turkmenistan in agribusiness,” the press service informed.

The agreement provides for closer cooperation in areas like plant growing, cattle breeding, veterinary science, mechanization of agriculture, improvement of management in agribusiness. The two countries will collaborate closer in economy and agricultural policy, agricultural science and advanced technologies, education, training and retraining of managerial staff of agricultural companies and processing enterprises.

The agreement will create a legal framework for expanding cooperation between the agriculture agencies of Belarus and Turkmenistan, will contribute to forging new business ties, which is expected to diversify and increase the bilateral trade.

In 2011 the export of products by companies affiliated with the Agriculture and Food Ministry of Belarus to Turkmenistan was estimated at $746,100 (up by 0,006% compared with a year before). The major exports were condensed milk and cream, mineral water, flour. In January-February 2012, the export totaled $292,700 (up 3 times compared with the same period in 2011).