Belarus in talks with Belgium, France, Japan over flax processing

Belarus is in talks with companies from Belgium, France and Japan over creation of joint enterprises to process flax rotted straw and flax fibers, Minister of Agriculture and Food of Belarus Mikhail Rusyi said at a session of the CIS Intergovernmental Council for Agriculture.

Mikhail Rusyi reported that several important meetings with Belgian companies took place this week.
Negotiations with the Japanese partners have been held recently too.

“Flax growing is subsidized worldwide,” the minister said. Currently, for example, Belgium and France reduced areas under flax and its production. Belarus is become the third largest producer of flax.

The minister also drew attention to the fact that export prices for flax fiber are currently quite favorable for Belarus. In particular, export prices for short flax fiber number two have increased twice.

“Belarus needs to install high-technology lines for flax processing,” said Mikhail Rusyi. There are also plans to set up a flax holding company.

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