Indeed, by the year 2020 Belarus is planning to increase the level of annual milk production to 9.2 mln t (the level of 2015 was 7,044 mln t).
Of course, with such a significant increase in production we need to work on expanding the market by diversifying exports, as the markets of traditional partners in the Eurasian Economic Union are also developing quite actively in terms of their own production.
In this regard, the Ministry of Agriculture is considering the new markets for the supply of Belarusian dairy products: China, Japan, countries of South East Asia and Africa.
Last year Belarus supplied its dairy products to 55 countries and we are constantly working on expanding the list. Our dairies are actively participating in the exhibitions worldwide where they present a wide range of their produce. The Ministry is creating favorable conditions for promotion of domestic products to foreign markets through veterinary certification of production, organization of business forums and negotiations involving, in particular, the Chamber of Commerce.
In addition, the Ministry of Agriculture created the web site to help exporters gain the information about the countries targeted for exports to facilitate an easier entrance to the new markets.
Speaking of protection of domestic dairy producers from the dairy crisis, I would say that the main instrument here is, oddly enough, the measures that most companies undertake to optimize production and business processes. This reduces the cost of production and allows “to survive” even in the most difficult situation.
Our country has the reserves, and the Ministry of Agriculture is constantly collaborating with business entities facilitating seminars, panels and publications. The fact that the average annual yield per cow in our country is 4.7 thousand kg, and we aim to reach 8000, says for itself: our dairy has huge reserves.
With regard to the state support of the village development, we are limited by the Euroasian Economic Union Treaty which clearly defines the scope of such assistance.