Ukraine pledges interest in developing cooperation with Latvia in the context of the draft Ukraine-Latvia bilateral cooperation program in the field of agro-industrial complex for 2017-2018. In particular, the point at issue is about adapting Ukrainian legislation to the European Union norms, supporting reforms, cooperation in the fish industry, veterinary and phytosanitary, land sector, research cooperation and development of rural areas.
The issues of bilateral cooperation were tackled in the course of the meeting between Maxim Martynyuk First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine and Jānis Dūklavs Minister of Agriculture of Latvia. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, the State Agency for Fisheries and the State Inspection for Consumer Protection of Ukraine as well as and representatives from the Latvian side.
«Ukraine is a key player in the global food security system, hence we comprehensively study international experience in agricultural development and implementation of the relevant reforms. The best practices of Latvia are important for us, in particular the issues of development of farming and cooperation, land relations, prevention of African swine fever virus (ASFV)», emphasized Maxim Martynyuk.
The First Deputy Minister briefed interlocutors on the implementation of reforms in Ukraine and the main priorities and indicators of Ukrainian agro-industrial complex development. The conversation also involved the transformation of the system of state support to agriculture, the acceleration of the land reform, the development of the organic market, introduction of sanitary and phytosanitary measures.
In turn, Jānis Dūklavs emphasized that Latvia is committed to deepen cooperation in the main areas of the agro industrial complex. He placed a special emphasis on the experience of Latvia regarding the creation of cooperatives, in the fight against ASFV, in forest and fisheries management.
The parties also discussed the possibility of involving a special advisor to the Government of Latvia for consultative assistance in implementing of the bilateral cooperation program.