A.Myrzakhmetov, B.Nedimovic discuss Kazakh-Serbian agricultural cooperation
Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Agriculture of Kazakhstan Askar Myrzakhmetov held a meeting with the Serbian Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Branislav Nedimovic.
The meeting covered the main directions and further prospects of Kazakh-Serbian agricultural cooperation, a great potential of which was noted by both sides. Kazakhstan is the corridor for Serbia to enter the Chinese market, while Serbia is a window to Europe for Kazakhstan.
The leaders of our countries have earlier designated priority areas for our cooperation, agriculture is one of them. As is known, Kazakhstan is a leader in the production of grain and flour, has great potential in the development of livestock, meat and milk production. It should be noted that Serbia has made significant progress in organic agriculture. Together we can achieve more in this direction. A.Myrzakhmetov noted.
Serbia is the largest producer of corn and wheat. Production of sugar beet and sunflower seed satisfies the domestic demand for sugar and vegetable oil. Highly developed is the production of fruits, berries, as well as viticulture.
Kazakhstan is interested in exchange of experience in organic agriculture development, joint research on variety testing, improving the genetic potential of crops, fruits and berries, the establishment of contacts between the agricultural research institutes of Kazakhstan and Serbia.
As the Head of State instructed, the challenge ahead is to produce environmentally friendly products. In this regard, we plan to work closely with Serbia, which has achieved certain results in this field. It is also stipulated in the program on AIC development for 2017-2021. We are ready to send a working group for a thorough examination of this issue, A.Myrzakhmetov said.
The Serbian side has supported every proposal and expressed the willingness for free trade with access to the European markets.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.