_ EEC. Minsk, 6 February 2018.
In 2017, milk production in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) grew by 800 thousand tons and exceeded 46 million tons. “In general, 2017 was a productive year for milk producers in the EAEU”, stated Sergey Sidorskiy, Member of the Board – Minister in charge of Industry and Agroindustrial Complex of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) during a meeting of the IX Congress of the National Union of Milk Producers (SoyuzMoloko).
According to the EEC Minister, production growth is observed in all countries. The share of Russia and Belarus in the overall Union production is 80%.
“We are interested in mutual trade in dairy products, which has increased by 20% and exceeded $2 billion. Each country sets its own goal of increasing exports. For example, 8 dairy processing companies of Belarus obtained the right to supply products to Europe, 36 companies – to China”, noted Sergey Sidorskiy.
In 2018, a growth in milk production Union-wide is expected to increase up to 47 million tons, exports – up to 550 thousand tons (against 465 thousand tons in 2017), mutual trade – up to 5.6 million tons (against 5.2 million tons in 2017), and imports are expected to reduce down to 2.2 million tons (against 2.5 million tons in 2017).
The representative of the EEC also pointed out that, according to the Commission’s estimates, “the resources available in the Union will not only allow us to increase mutual trade this year, but also to reduce imports of dairy products”.
Sergey Sidorskiy informed the participants on the successful work of the Commission with regard to formation of the Union-wide balances on major agricultural products.
“This is a systemic document for the development of agroindustrial complex, which aims to use the potential of the parties to substitute import and develop mutual trade, to direct business to the establishment of new industries based on prospects for the development of the common market”, he added.
The EEC Minister also pointed out that the Commission adopted a number of decisions to support development of cooperation and innovative production enterprises in the agroindustrial complex of the Union. One of the priorities in the context of import substitution is further deepening of industrial cooperation, including joint work in breeding, production of technological equipment, amino acids and pharmaceuticals.
“Consolidation of efforts and experience of the Union countries in the sphere of livestock breeding based on an international treaty will make it possible to synchronize and bring the breeding work to the modern level, to provide trade enterprises with highly performing breeding products, to improve production efficiency and achieve self-sufficiency for all types of livestock products”, Sergey Sidorskiy summarized the outcome.
The Congress was attended by Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Mikhail Rusy, Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Alexander Tkachov, Head of Rospotrebnadzor (Federal Service for Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare) Anna Popova, Head of Rosselkhoznadzor (Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) Sergey Dankvert, as well as representatives of relevant ministries and agencies, agroindustrial complex management bodies of Russian regions, producers and processors of milk from the Eurasian Economic Union.
The National Union of Milk Producers (Soyuzmoloko) is a public, non-profit organization created in 2008 in order to ensure economically viable conditions for dairy production and processing, to stimulate quality and efficiency improvement of Russian dairy sector.
Soyuzmoloko includes about 200 companies from Russia, Belarus, Estonia, Italy, and the Netherlands, which produce 70% of milk and dairy products in Russia, as well as equipment, technologies and turnkey solutions for farms, feedstuff, packaging materials and veterinary drugs for the sector.