December 3, 2012


Ukraine may increase grain exports to Lebanon


Ukraine is likely to increase its exports of grain crops to the Lebanese market.


Ukrainian Deputy Agricultural Policy and Food Minister Oleksandr Sen announced this at a meeting with Lebanese Agriculture Minister Hussein Hajj Hassan, the press service of the Ukrainian Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry reported.


"Ukraine exported US$132 million worth of agricultural products to Lebanon in the first nine months of this year, which was US$35.8 million more than in the same period last year. In particular, Ukraine supplied US$90 million worth of grain crops, but we are interested in increasing grain exports," he said.


Sen also proposed expanding trade relations in the supply of livestock products, sunflower oil and confectionery to Lebanon. In addition, Ukraine plans to deepen cooperation with Lebanon in the growing of grain crops.


Hussein Hajj Hassan, in turn, said that trade was the most important aspect of cooperation between the two countries, including trade in agricultural products. He said that the trade balance was positive for Ukraine.


"We must accelerate the signing of the documents needed to deepen cooperation between Ukraine and Lebanon. We have already sent the necessary documents to the relevant departments of our country. We hope that such arrangements will intensify our cooperation," Hussein Hajj Hassan said.


The parties agreed not only to further develop trade relations between the two countries, but also help strengthen the exchange of information in the field of veterinary medicine and plant quarantine.