Cheese and cottage cheese supplies in particular showed positive dynamics, they increased by 13% to $71 million. Exports of milk and uncream increased by 19% to $23 million, butter - by 83% to $12 million, milk whey - by 2.2 times to $8 million.
The largest purchaser of domestic dairy products is Kazakhstan, which accounts for 40% of all deliveries. This year shipments to the country increased by 10% and amounted to $99 million. Exports to Ukraine increased to $36 million (+14%), Belarus purchased goods of this category to the amount of $35 million (+10%). Among non-Chinese countries, China stands out, which has increased its imports to 5.3 million dollars (+32%). The markets of the Persian Gulf countries, South-East Asia and Africa are promising in terms of increasing dairy products exports.
Within the framework of the federal project "Export of agricultural products", the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia
is carrying out systematic work aimed at increasing the competitiveness of Russian agricultural producers in foreign markets. Currently, a set of government support measures for export-oriented enterprises is being implemented. For example, they are entitled to receive preferential short-term and investment loans, compensation of part of the costs of certification of products for deliveries to foreign markets, as well as for their transportation.
In addition, new support mechanisms are being developed under the federal project. Thus, starting from 2021 a part of direct costs incurred for the creation and (or) modernization of agricultural processing facilities will be reimbursed within the framework of the Russian Federation Government Decree № 137 of February 12, 2020. Also from the beginning of the next year it is envisaged to introduce a new measure of state support in the form of compensation of leasing payments when purchasing equipment for producers of export-oriented agricultural products.