EEC discussed agricultural sector development

A wide range of relevant matters related to the development of the Eurasian Economic Union's agricultural sector were discussed at a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Agricultural Sector on March 27, chaired by Goar Barseghyan, Minister in charge of Industry and Agriculture of the Eurasian Economic Commission.

In particular, they considered the issue of state support measures for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in agriculture in the Eurasian Economic Union countries. Representatives of the Member States' authorized bodies exchanged the experience of national state support measures for small businesses, as well as considered the international experience on this issue. The Commission proposed to consider the possibility of supporting agricultural producers in niche sub-sectors of agriculture, where small-scale production has a competitive advantage.

The meeting attendees considered measures to develop the production of pedigree stock in the cattle breeding sub-sectors, which have a significant dependence on imports of pedigree resources, as well as discussed an increase in the volume of mutual trade and ensuring the international competitiveness of the Union countries. The proposals were developed by analyzing the Union Member States' breeding market for 2018-2022. They are aimed at improving the efficiency of breeding and pedigree work with farm animals, and increasing the Member States' sufficiency with their own pedigree stock with high genetic potential. This will enable to improve the level of organization and conduct of pedigree animal breeding, and will contribute to the stable functioning of animal breeding in the EAEU Member States.

The Committee members approved the draft Recommendation of the Commission's Board "On the list of measures for the stable development of poultry production in the Union Member States", which envisages the implementation of additional measures. These include the development of innovations and process engineering solutions in the deep processing of poultry meat and eggs; and the introduction of robotics in using combined sensor applications to record and monitor all elements of production. Implementing the recommendation will encourage mutual trade, exports of poultry meat and poultry products, and improve the efficiency of the industry.