BUENOS AIRES, August 8 (RIA Novosti) – The decision of the Russian agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor to allow about 90 Brazilian agricultural producers access to the Russian market will help Brazil substantially increase its exports of meat and dairy products to the Customs Union, Brazilian Agriculture Minister Neri Geller said.
On Thursday, the Brazilian Agriculture Ministry announced that on August 6, Rosselkhoznadzor allowed 89 Brazilian suppliers of meat and dairy products on Russian market. Another two suppliers are expecting to receive their permissions in the coming days.
“Therefore Brazil will substantially increase its meat and dairy products exports to the countries of the Customs Union, by that strengthening the international partnership on agriculture and the relations of trust and friendship between the two countries [Russia and Brazil],” the Brazilian Agriculture Ministry quoted Geller as saying in a statement released August 7.
According to the document, Russia already is the principal destination of Brazilian beef and pork exports. In 2013 Brazil supplied Russia with 303,000 tons of beef worth $1.2 billion and 134 tons of pork worth $412 million. In total, Brazil exported $2.7 billion worth of agricultural products to Russia in 2013.