Russia and Mongolia Develop Agricultural Cooperation
Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Maxim Uvaydov and Acting Secretary of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry of Mongolia Tumuruyaa Zhambaltseren held a meeting of the Russian-Mongolian Working Group on Agricultural Cooperation in the Field of Agriculture in Ulaanbaatar. The event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia, Rosselkhoznadzor, FSBI ARRIAH and representatives of the agricultural department of the Republic of Mongolia.
As Maxim Uvaydov noted, Russia and Mongolia cooperate productively in agriculture, veterinary and phytosanitary supervision and access control to the markets of the two countries. Thanks to this work, the trade turnover of agricultural products between countries shows a positive trend. At the end of 2018, it grew by 20% and amounted to more than $226 million. At the same time, the Russian side is interested in increasing exports of grain, fish, seafood and dairy products to Mongolia.
The further development of bilateral relations is boosted by the coordinated work of veterinary regulators of the countries. Maxim Uvaydov recalled that the priority project in the field of veterinary medicine is a program to combat transboundary animal diseases.
In addition, the joint meeting agenda included issues related to the supply of leather raw materials from Mongolia to Russia, the creation of a livestock production unit and a meat processing plant at the border of the countries, as well as the export of Russian agricultural equipment for seasonal field work and the removal of restrictions on the supply of flour to Mongolia.
Following the meeting, Maxim Uvaydov noted that it was necessary to continue cooperation in veterinary and phytosanitary control, as well as to strengthen the work on ensuring access of agricultural products to the markets of the two countries.