Belarus (bbabo.net), - Belarus is the European leader in the production of milk and dairy products. This was announced today, November 30, by the deputy head of the main department of the processing industry of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic, Maria Klimova.
According to her, the level of self-sufficiency with dairy products in the country reaches 263.3%.
“This is a significant number. If we compare the countries of Western Europe, the European Union, then the level of self-sufficiency reaches 116%. In Central and Northern Europe - 130-170%. But Eastern and Southern Europe are only 60-80% self-sufficient in milk. For example, Spain, Bulgaria, Romania,” she explained.
Klimova also stressed that Belarus is considered the undisputed leader in the production of milk and dairy products per capita: 841 kg per person per year, of which only 237 kg are consumed in the country.
“If we take cheese, then the production per capita is about 30 kg per person per year, while we consume 7.5 kg,” the official noted.
Recall that in Belarus special attention is paid to the issues of ensuring the country's food security. Minsk emphasizes that the development of the dairy industry was associated with the import substitution program, which was adopted back in 2005. At present, dairy products are mainly sold in the trade facilities of the republic, mainly of local production.