Chavez says Russia wants to import Venezuela coffee

Russia wants to import Venezuelan coffee and other agricultural commodities, the Latin American country's president said.

Chavez says Russia wants to import Venezuela coffee

Russia wants to import Venezuelan coffee and other agricultural commodities, the Latin American country's president said ahead of a visit to Caracas by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Putin arrived on Friday to meet President Hugo Chavez and discuss a range of issues including energy, agriculture and defense, as well as formally launch a $20 billion venture to tap Venezuela's vast Orinoco heavy oil belt.

"They need to import coffee, and that requires a good strategy from us," Chavez said late Thursday. "It cannot just be any coffee. We have to be very scientific: select a growing area and boost production, especially for export."

Moscow imported a total of 5,900 tonnes of coffee beans worth $16.2 million in January, compared with 6,200 tonnes worth $16.3 million in the same month in 2009.

In August, Chavez's government nationalized the country's two biggest coffee roasters, Fama de America and Cafe Madrid, after accusing them of making illegal exports.

Chavez said Moscow was also interested in buying Venezuelan cocoa and chocolate, and Caracas wanted to add flowers to that list. He said he also expected bilateral deals on education and infrastructure projects, including railways and a shipyard.

Putin will also meet Bolivian President Evo Morales in the Venezuelan capital. Both Latin American leaders are fierce critics of what they call U.S. "imperialism" in the region.

Reuters

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Joshua Bogart
Joshua Bogart - 12 yıl Önce

That is funny seeing as Venezuala can't even supply its own coffee needs, adn will soon be an importer.