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Latvia looks for opportunities for expanding food exports to Azerbaijan

Nina Kolyako, BC, Riga, 07.06.2012.Print version
Latvian food producers have an opportunity to expand food exports to Azerbaijan, since it is a large country with a wide market and high purchasing capacity, Agriculture Minister Laimdota Straujuma pointed out during her working visit to Azerbaijan today.

"Azerbaijani Agriculture Minister Ismat Abbasov emphasized that Latvia-produced sour cream, cheese, curds, canned fish, jams and other food products are highly-appreciated in Azerbaijan. Taking into account the high quality of these products, Azerbaijan expressed interest in increasing their imports," said Straujuma.


Abbasov was also interested in agricultural cooperation in Latvia, emphasizing that Latvia is a good cooperation example for the Azerbaijani Agriculture Ministry and farmers, admitted Straujuma.


The officials also signed a memorandum of understanding to promote Latvian-Azerbaijani cooperation in agricultural trade and investment attraction in agriculture-related business activities, writes LETA.


As reported, Straujuma is currently on a four day visit to Azerbaijan, where she will meet with Azerbaijani officials and businessmen, discussing Latvian-Azerbaijani cooperation in agriculture, logging and fishery imports.


Straujuma's visit to Azerbaijan will last until June 9.


Latvia exported LVL 6 million worth of agricultural, fishery and forestry products to Azerbaijan in 2011. Butter, honey, powdered milk (LVL 4.14 million) and canned fruits and vegetables constituted the largest share of the country's export.

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