August 11, 2008

                                                                                              

Russia makes bid for Japan to become long-term grain customer

   
  

Russian Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev has asked Japan to consider buying food grain from Russia on a long-term basis.

 

The proposal was announced at a meeting with Japan's Ambassador Yasuo Saito in Moscow yesterday (August 10, 2008), his press service reported.

 

The minister also spoke in favour of expanding bilateral cooperation in innovation and new technology.

 

The parties said they supported the initiative of President Dmitry Medvedev to hold a meeting of agriculture ministers representing G8 countries and countries that are big food producers and exporters.

 

Russia first made this proposal at the G8 summit in Hokkaido. Fashioned in the same way as the G8, the World Grain Summit would be held next year, if all goes according to plan

 

The minister is scheduled to visit Japan August 16-19. During the visit, he will meet with Japan's Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

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