Belarusian exports of meat and meat products increased by nearly 15% from January to May this year compared to the first five months of 2017, according to a statement made by the Belarusian Minister of Agriculture and Food Igor Brylo.
According to the Belarusian official, in the first five months of this year, the country has exported meat and dairy products amounting to $1.2 billion. Exports of dairy accounted for $800 million, while the meat exports reported a trade value of $400 million. Igor Brylo said that the meat exports in January-May increased by almost 15%, as reported by BelTA.
In 2017, Belarus exported $3.1 billion worth of dairy and meat products, of which exports of meat accounted for $0.9 billion.
BelTA reports that the meat industry's main objective now is export diversification.
Igor Brylo added that the country is gradually reducing the share of the Russian market in its total export of livestock products.
In the first five months of 2018, Belarus exported meat products to 16 countries.