December 15 board of the Eurasian Economic Commission approved a list of joint research and development (R&D) in agro-industrial complex (AIC) of the Eurasian Economic Union member states in 2021-2025.
The document includes 27 topics on research and development in key sectors of agriculture and agro-industrial complex economics that the countries of the Union are ready to realize together.
The purpose of research is to solve the most pressing problems of the agricultural sector through the development of innovative products and technologies.
To increase the competitiveness of the agroindustrial complex by joint efforts the member states plan to create new adaptive and highly productive crop varieties, develop the system of precision farming and soil fertility reproduction, improve technologies of feed additives production, develop biotechnologies in plant growing and cattle breeding.
In the field of economics, research is aimed at improving the competitiveness of small-scale farming, the development of the service sector and digital technologies in agriculture.
"We expect that the implementation of joint R&D will contribute to the development of interstate cooperation, increase own production of high-tech goods, as well as reduce the cost of imported material and technical resources in the Union," said Artak Kamalian, member of the EEC Board (Minister) for Industry and Agro-industrial Complex.
One more document adopted at the session of the Collegium of EEC was the recommendation "On implementation of joint research and development on the development of technologies for production of modified starches for the needs of the member-states of the Union".
The relevance of the joint research in this sphere is caused by the high demand at the market of the Union for the starch with the necessary properties, which are widely used in various industries.
EAEU countries largely cover domestic demand for this type of product at the expense of imports, despite the presence of their own raw material base. Thus, in 2019, the Union's self-sufficiency in modified starches was estimated at 35%.
The draft document recommends the interested member states to implement joint R&D activities on the basis of activities aimed at the development of modified starch production technologies for food and technical purposes, as well as regulatory documentation and specialized equipment for starch modification based on the results of market research and patent search.
"The implementation of this project will reduce the import dependence on modified starches and foreign exchange costs for their purchase abroad, as well as obtain new industrial food and technical products with high added value," concluded Artak Kamalian, Minister of Industry and Agro-industrial Complex of the EEC.