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2 Jun 2015

Belarusian flax growing, land improvement practices for Russia’s Pskov Oblast

MINSK, 2 June (BelTA) – Pskov Oblast could use Belarus’ experience of flax growing and land improvement. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement on 2 June as he met with Andrei Turchak, Governor of Russia’s Pskov Oblast, BelTA has learned.

The head of state remarked that Belarus and Pskov Oblast have significant capabilities for advancing mutually beneficial cooperation in agribusiness. “I think the experience we gathered project by project in the course of agriculture modernization would be useful for you. There can be no errors. Nobody has money to waste and any error wastes money unnecessarily,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

Relying on its own experience, Belarus is ready to cooperate with Pskov Oblast in flax growing and processing. “In Soviet times just like Pskov Oblast Belarus was a pillar of flax growing,” remarked Alexander Lukashenko. He also pointed out that land improvement measures are taken on a large scale in Pskov Oblast while Belarus has been spending a lot on land improvement for years. In the future Belarus intends to step up the effort. A lot of vehicles have been made for the sake of land improvement. Certain experience has been accumulated and Belarus is ready to share it.

Belarusian buses are used in Pskov Oblast. The head of state noted that Belarus was ready to cooperate with the Russian region in that regard. Alexander Lukashenko also mentioned municipal vehicles. The Belarusian automobile engineering company MTZ has created a lot of them following instructions given by the President. The head of state pointed out that modernization is in full swing in Pskov Oblast, including modernization of the production sector. Belarus is ready to offer machine tools for modernizing Pskov Oblast industrial enterprises, said the President.

Alexander Lukashenko stressed that Pskov Oblast is a close neighbor of Belarus. “You are the closest and dearest people for us — in the past and at present,” noted the head of state. “We are not just neighbors, but people, whose mentality is very close and similar.”

The Pskov Oblast Governor agreed that as the closest neighbors Belarus and Pskov Oblast are not bound by conventions of borders. “The deep penetration of humanitarian and economic contacts has deep historical roots,” said Andrei Turchak. Yet in his opinion it is time to expand and deepen economic ties between Belarus and Pskov Oblast.

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