Kazakhstan’s Minister of Agriculture, Aidarbek Saparov, and Tunisia’s Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources, and Fisheries, Abdelmonem Belati, discussed opportunities for cooperation in the agricultural sector, the press service of the ministry reports.
Aidarbek Saparov noted that Kazakhstan traditionally holds leading positions in exports of grain crops and processed products.
This year, Kazakhstan exported the first batch of wheat to Tunisia (72.7 tons). The Ministry proposed diversifying the exports with Kazakh flour and flour-based products, pasta, confectionery, vegetable oils, and honey.
The parties also discussed the possible expansion of imports from Tunisia. In addition to the currently imported dates and fruits, Kazakhstan seeks to import olives and olive oil from the North African country.
Saparov emphasized the need to collaborate with Tunisia in creating new logistics routes and invited Tunisian companies to establish production facilities in Kazakhstan.
In turn, the Tunisian side also proposed strengthening cooperation in national food security policies to combat drought. The country is ready to share knowledge on modern agricultural technologies and innovations applicable to both countries.
The parties agreed to sign a memorandum of cooperation between the ministries.