Dmitry Patrushev Discussed Agricultural Cooperation with Turkish Counterpart
The Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Dmitry Patrushev met with the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Turkey Bekir Pakdemirli in Ankara on May 28. The parties discussed the development of bilateral trade in agricultural products, as well as investment, scientific and technological cooperation.
According to Dmitry Patrushev, in January-April 2019 the turnover of agricultural products and foodstuff between the countries increased to $1.2 billion.
The development of trade results from the tight interaction of agricultural authorities of countries. For example, in April Russia increased quota for the import of Turkish tomatoes to 150 thousand tons. The accreditation and expansion of business activities of Turkish fish and dairy companies is underway. In particular, over the past few months, two additional fish producers have been certified.
During the meeting the parties discussed supplies of Turkish products to Russia via Kavkaz seaport, which may receive additional loading due to overhaul of the Gelendzhik port checkpoint.
“We are working over issue of expanding the capacity of Kavkaz seaport to ensure the reception of extra vessels. Thus, this port will become a full-fledged alternative to the port of Gelendzhik. In addition, from April 2019 Kavkaz seaport is open for Turkish tomato cargoes”, Dmitry Patrushev said.
Tomatoes and other vegetables, as well as fruits and fish, are the main agricultural products supplied to the Russian market from Turkey. Russia exports mainly cereals (wheat and corn) and sunflower oil to the country.
In addition to bilateral trade countries also need to develop investment, scientific and technological cooperation in the agricultural sector and expand the list of new promising projects, Dmitry Patrushev noted during the meeting. He also suggested holding the Third Regular Meeting of the Executive Committee on Agriculture in the near future.