BERLIN, GERMANY — Russian food supplies, including grain, fish and seafood, increased 30%, in 2018, to $385 million, the minister of agriculture said during a meeting at the recent 84th International Green Week in Berlin, Germany.

The total turnover of agricultural products between the countries last year increased by more than 30%, to $430 million. Russia supplies Japan mainly with fish and seafood, as well as grain. Russian imports from Japan are fish and seafood, sauces and seasonings, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Russian Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev said cooperation between Russia and Japan in agriculture has even wider potential. Russia seeks to diversify trade and is interested in supplies of poultry meat, pork, beef, and processed meat products to the Japanese market.

In accordance with the previously reached agreements, Russia expects the visit of the Japanese delegation in the first quarter of 2019 to conduct an inspection of poultry meat production enterprises in Tula and Bryansk regions.

In addition, the parties discussed the implementation of joint Russian-Japanese agricultural projects, referring to the successful experience in building greenhouse complexes in Russia’s Sakha Republic, the Khabarovsk Territory, and the Sakhalin Region. Such cooperation will allow improving the infrastructure in the Far East of Russia and strengthening Russian-Japanese ties in