Ukraine to boost agricultural cooperation with Czech Republic
Ukraine hopes to boost agricultural cooperation with the Czech Republic, Agriculture Minister Mykola Prysyazhnuk said here Thursday, according to Xinhua.
"Ukraine is interested in cooperation with the Czech Republic, particularly in bio-fuels, bio-energy and hop-growing, as these areas are greatly developed in the Czech Republic. And we are ready to provide state support for such cooperation," Prysyazhnuk said during his meeting with Czech counterpart Petr Bendl.
The two countries were also willing to strengthen cooperation in the grain market, Prysyazhnuk said, adding the Czech Republic was interested in increasing imports of cereals from Ukraine.
Bendl said Prague was ready to share its agricultural development experience with Kiev.
"We are already exporting hops to Ukraine and we plan to strengthen our position in the Ukrainian market. In addition, the Czech Republic has a lot of experience in installing biogas plants and we are ready to share that," Bendl said.
The Czech agriculture minister said he hoped the two countries would work closely on food quality control.
In 2012, two-way trade between Ukraine and Czech Republic amounted to 1.4 billion U.S. dollars, down from 2.02 billion dollars a year earlier.