Dmitry Patrushev and Zhang Hanhui discussed agricultural cooperation
25 Dec, 2020
The Minister of Agriculture of Russia Dmitry Patrushev held a meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Russian Federation Zhang Hanhui.
The prospects for cooperation in agriculture between the two countries became a topic of discussion.
Dmitry Patrushev noted that relations between Russia and China are historically friendly. Agricultural turnover between the countries has been growing steadily. In 2019, it increased by 11% to approximately 5 billion dollars.
“In the first 11 months of the year, the volume of mutual agricultural trade also rose by 11% to 4.9 billion dollars, despite the general decline in business activity. Currently, China is the major buyer of Russian agricultural products and foodstuffs. In 2019, the country accounted for 12.5% of Russia’s agricultural exports,” Dmitry Patrushev said.
The Minister mentioned that the countries had agreed to enhance trade turnover to 200 billion dollars by 2024. Therefore, it is important to increase the mutual agricultural trade, and the most promising products are leguminous crops, poultry, pork, vegetable oils, fish, and dairy products.
Ensuring mutual access to goods was also a topic of discussion. Currently, over 230 Russian enterprises are allowed to supply milk and dairy products, poultry, beef, and other products to China.