Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr. Pakdemirli had a talk with Mr. Dimitri Patrusheh, Ministry of Agriculture of Russian Federation, during his visit to Moscow.
Pakdemirli pointed out that agricultural trade volume between two countries has greater potential and he said "When I looked over the agricultural trade of Turkey and Russia, I see that we are behind the position where we should actually stand for many products, especially for tomato, fresh grape, citrus fruits and peach.
Addressing the demand of Russia to lower the customs tariff with a view to raising the import of dried fruits, Minister Pakdemirli requested to act accordingly so as to expedite the customs controlling processes for dried and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Pakdemirli also stated Turkey expects Russia to grant import approval for the companies of animal products and fisheries.
Trading Potential with Third Countries
During Russia visit, Agricultural Business Meeting between Turkey and Russia was organized with the participation of Deputy Minister Mr. Mehmet Hadi Tunç and his Russian counterpart, Mr. Sergey Levin.
Both Deputy Ministers co-signed the minutes of meeting of the Steering Committee on Agriculture.
Mr. Tunç expressed that they discussed the land allocation for the investment of Turkish business people and establishment of contact point mechanism. He added "We are inviting Russian business people to Turkey. If any person is willing to invest in Russia, we will establish the required contacts and give support. We agreed to eliminate some problems on agricultural trade between two countries and facilitate the trading."
Deputy Minister of Russian Federation, Mr. Levin expressed Turkey and Russia, as two key player in agriculture sector, can take a step to co-produce and to sell products to the markets of third countries.