ArmInfo.The positive dynamics of the development of the agro- industrial complex in the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union continues. Minister in charge of Industry and Agriculture of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Artak Kamalyan stated. In particular, he said that in the first quarter, agricultural production in the EAEU as a whole increased by 1.6%.
"Our states at the expense of their own production fully cover domestic needs in grain, pork, vegetables and potatoes, vegetable oils, sugar and eggs. There is only a lack of fruits and berries", he said, noting that the level of self-sufficiency in basic agricultural products and food reaches 93%. According to the minister, the highest indicators of self-sufficiency in terms of EAEU countries were achieved in Belarus (94%) and Russia (90%), followed by Kazakhstan (83%) and Kyrgyzstan (81%). The level of self-sufficiency in Armenia is 73%.
He noted that member countries are taking joint steps to strengthen food security. According to Kamalyan, In particular, the Eurasian Economic Commission has a working group on the prompt supply of agricultural goods to respond to emerging risks. "This is necessary to ensure effective interaction between the "five" countries in the event of force majeure situations," the EEC Minister said. At the same time, he attached importance to ensuring the physical availability of food for the population. To this end, the EEC, together with the member countries, is currently working on the issue of forming the Eurasian commodity distribution network. "In addition to reducing transaction costs, the implementation of the project will eliminate the opacity of the logistics chain, increase the amount of storage capacity, create a unified system for making decisions and managing inventory flows," he emphasized.