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LBLA: businesses in Latvia find it difficult to produce biological food

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThere is still a disproportion between production and processing volumes of biological agriculture products in Latvia. Companies produce more than they process. This is why it is important to develop processing, believes board member of Latvian Biological Agricultural Association and Aloja Starkelsen Janis Garancs.

He added that production of biological products in Latvia is developed. However, consumption of biological food remains low even though it has a tendency to grow. This is why companies in Latvia find it difficult to produce biological food products and export some of those products to foreign countries. For example, biological grains are often exported, not processed into bread or breakfast cereals.

«There is currently a disproportion between grown and processed biological products in Latvia. But I do believe this disproportion will decline in the next couple of years. We are working on making sure all biological products grown in Latvia are processed in the country, sold to Latvian consumers and exported to foreign countries as ready-made products,» – Garancs said.

At the same time, he said biological agriculture continues to develop in Latvia – biological food production lines were launched by several small and large processing businesses last year. The area of land to be used for certified biological agriculture also continues to increase, Garancs said.

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