Belarus, Iran to step up cooperation in agribusiness

Belarus and Iran plan to step up cooperation in agribusiness, announced  the press service of the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry.

Areas of cooperation in agribusiness have been discussed at a meeting of Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister Mikhail Rusyi and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iran to Belarus Seyyed Abdollah Hosseini.

The two sides discussed several matters relating to the implementation of an investment project wholly funded by Iran. The project envisages building a sheep farm by the company Eastern Sheep in Logoisk District. In late 2010 the company was allocated a 2,700 hectare land plot for 99 years. The future farm is designed for 10,000 sheep.

The sides confirmed the possibility of implementing joint projects in fish farming and flower cultivation. Mikhail Rusyi also expressed an interest in the participation of Iranian companies in the construction of biogas installations at premises of future animal farms in Belarus.

The Minister reminded that taking into account the arrangements the sides had made earlier Belarus has reserved 1,000 tonnes of cattle meat to deliver it to Iran in 2011.

The Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister thanked the Iranian side for genuine condolence over the terrorist attack in Minsk’s metro.

In 2010 the trade turnover between the enterprises run by the Agriculture and Food Ministry and Iran amounted to $1.6 million. The main exports were cattle meat, milk and condensed cream. Belarus imported ethylene polymers in initial forms.

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