Belarus suggests joint milk-processing project to Kyrgyzstan


BISHKEK (TCA) — Belarus has suggested implementing a joint project to set up a milk-processing enterprise in Kyrgyzstan, Belarusian BelTA news agency reported with reference to Aleksei Bogdanov, head of the Central Office for Foreign Economic Activities of the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry, after the eighth session of the Belarus-Kyrgyzstan intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation held in Bishkek on October 19.

The sides discussed bilateral trade and implementation of joint agribusiness projects. In particular, Kyrgyzstan may invest in setting up a processing enterprise. The enterprise will be located in Kyrgyzstan and will use Belarusian raw materials as well as the technologies the Belarusian side will design specifically for the project in order to make drinking milk, sour milk products (kefir, yoghurt, sour cream, quark cheese), and ice cream.

Aleksei Bogdanov said: “We’ve found two partners who are ready to consider the project. Apart from that, the Kyrgyz Agriculture Ministry confirmed its interest.”

The official added that there are plans to sell products of this enterprise to China. Summing up results of the meeting, Bogdanov mentioned positive dynamics in Belarus’ food export to Kyrgyzstan. In January-August 2018 the export rose by 28% to $19.7 million. At present Kyrgyzstan buys a large choice of Belarusian foods, including cattle meat, poultry meat, milk powder, butter, whey, cheese, and quark cheese.

Sergey Kwan