KYIV. May 17 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has called on Israel to ease Ukrainian farm produce access to its market.
This issue was on the agenda of Groysman’s meeting with Israel’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Uri Ariel during his official visit to Israel, the Ukrainian Cabinet’s press service reported.
“Volodymyr Groysman urged Israel to further consider the possibility of liberalizing access of Ukrainian agricultural products to the Israeli market as part of talks on a free trade area agreement whose signing is planned before the end of this year,” the press service said.
The agricultural sector is an important element of trade between Ukraine and Israel, and therefore lowering trade barriers and increasing quotas for Ukrainian farm produce are important and necessary, and special attention should be given to resumption of Ukrainian eggs exports onto the Israeli market, it said.
Groysman says Ukraine expects an increase in Israeli investment and seeks new technologies for its agricultural production.
“Ukraine is an agrarian country with great potential, Israel has information solutions for efficiency of agricultural production – these are precisely the opportunities we could use to be useful to each other,” the prime minister said.
Minister Ariel assured that Israel is interested in strengthening ties with Ukraine in producing farm produce, namely meat and eggs, as well as in setting up large-scale dairy production in Ukraine.
He also invited the Ukrainian agriculture minister and businessmen to visit Israel in the near future.