MINSK. July 23 (Interfax) - Belarusian dairy producers have received permission from Russia's Federal Consumer Rights Oversight Service (Rospotrebnadzor) to export more than 500 types of dairy products to Russia, Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister Semyon Shapiro said at a government meeting in Minsk on Thursday.
Belarusian plants submitted 825 samples of their products to Rospotrebnadzor for laboratory inspections, he said.
Belarus plans to produce 6.3 million tonnes of milk and dairy products in 2009 with 2.5 million tonnes of that amount going to the domestic market, 2.8 million tonnes being exported to Russia and the remaining 1 million tonnes being exported to other countries, he said.
Exports of Belarusian dairy products increased 28% to $800 million over the first seven months of 2009, he said. Russia accounts for 87% of Belarusian dairy exports.
Shapiro also said Belarus plans to diversify dairy exports. The country has set up a special company to promote its dairy products on new markets such as Egypt, Algeria, the United Arab Emirates and Syria.