RT-Engels: 07-06-2024,

Moscow says the export of agricultural products to African nations has increased by a quarter in 2023

Russian Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Sergey Levin, pledged to continue to increase trade with Africa on Thursday. 

Speaking at the ‘Russia-Africa’ conference during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Levin noted that in 2023, Russian agricultural exports to Africa had risen by 25% compared to the previous year. The minister noted that the upward trend is continuing.

“Over the past year, our [Russian] exports to Africa have increased by a quarter, nearly reaching $6 billion, with 80% of that being wheat,” Levin stated. Moscow is also increasing its food purchases from Africa, with imports totaling $2.1 billion in 2023, he added. 

According to the deputy minister, Moscow has been buying agricultural products from the African continent that do not grow in Russia, including fruits, vegetables, and cocoa beans.

Emphasizing the positive dynamics of economic relations, Levin stressed that from January to April 2024, the two sides “have already traded approximately $3 billion or even more.”

The West warned of world hunger: Russia has met its promise of grain for Africa’s most-vulnerable

Levin also recalled the directive from Russian President Vladimir Putin to send humanitarian shipments of grain to six African countries, emphasizing that the Russian side understands the inability of some African countries to purchase wheat at market prices.

In February, Moscow successfully completed the delivery of 200,000 tons of free wheat to Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, Mali,

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