Wider cooperation opportunities are opening for Latvia’s farmers and food producers
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Friday, January 16, the Minister of Agriculture, Janis Duklavs had a meeting with the Vice-Minister for Agricultulture of the Republic of China, Niu Dun and discussed possibilities to enlarge exports of agricultural products and food from Latvia to China. Both the Ministers agreed that participation of both the countries in “Green Week” in Berlin will promote trade relations among businesses of both the countries. The Vice-Minister for Agriculture of China pointed out that China is interested in matters of agricultural education, advisory and science.
Whereas, during the meeting, the Minister of Agriculture, Janis Duklavs had with the first Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Belarus, Leonid Marinich, a proposal was put forward that Latvia’ s milk processing companies could establish a joint venture with Belarus companies that would allow enlarging of export market for businesses of both the countries.
During the meeting with the Minister of Agriculture of Hungary, Sandor Fazekas, Janis Duklavs, acquainted his collegue with the priorities of Latvia’s Presidency of the European Council, emphasizing that the Presidency will suggest implementing the measures focused on improving the quality of fishery and forestry products and increasing of added value as well as improvement of competitiveness of these sectors. One of the questions, which interested the Hungarian Minister of Agriculture was the question also covered by the priorities of Latvia’ s Presidency - simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy. Priority of the Presidency is the question on simplification of CAP. “Simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy is a significant issue not only for Latvia but also for other EU Member States”, emphasized the Minister. During the Presidency Latvia will propose a discussion at the EU Council on CAP simplifiction both at the level of Ministers and in working groups of the European Commission. Conclusions regarding CAP simplification Latvia plans to make in May. Whereas, the Minister of Agriculture of Hungary promised to prepare proposals in areas concerning greening, improvement of the new system of direct payments and support for small farmers.
Attachment: Photographs of the Vice-Minister for Agriculture of the Republic of China, Niu Dun (from the left) and the Minister of Agriculture of Latvia, Janis Duklavs
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