RIGA - President Edgars Rinkevics said during a meeting with Agriculture Minister Armands Krauze (Greens/Farmers) at the Riga Castle on Friday that he supported the minister's proposal of a ban on imports of Russian agricultural produce in the European Union.
According to Elina Kresa from the President's Chancery, Rinkevics and Krauze met to discuss the minister's priorities and the current situation in the agricultural industry, including the issue of the reduced value-added tax rate for fruit and vegetables.
Rinkevics expressed support Krauze's proposal to discuss limiting import of Russian grain into the EU, while maintaining transshipment of Russian grain to third countries.
Discussing the current developments in the agricultural sector, the president pointed to the potential for developing higher value-added agricultural products.
"During my regional visits, I have seen excellent examples of agribusinesses working to develop higher value-added products that benefit both farmers and consumers, as well as contribute to the local economy and its diversity," said Rinkevics.