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26 Apr 2016

Lukashenko urges to use green technologies in agriculture

MINSK, 26 April (BelTA) – It is needed to use green technologies in agriculture in Belarus. President Alexander Lukashenko gave a corresponding instruction when he visited a farm in Yelsk District on 26 April, BelTA has learned.

The issue of using green technologies was raised in the report on the final stage of the spring sowing campaign and the fertilization of winter crops using mineral fertilizers. This report was delivered to the President. “It is needed to ensure a high yield using only organic substances. You need to get used to it. Nitrogen fertilizers should be applied carefully. I insist on using green technologies. People pay a lot for clean products. Fortunately, we do not overuse mineral fertilizers. It is needed to stop here,” the President said.

The development of the flax growing industry was in the spotlight too. The head of state was informed about the situation with flax prices on foreign markets, which is rather good. Therefore, flax producers are, first of all, interested in the export of products. At the same time, it is needed to ramp up flax processing in the country. In this context, the government suggests introducing additional regulation of prices on the domestic market.

Alexander Lukashenko instructed Vice Premier Mikhail Rusy to increase the delivery of raw materials to Orsha Linen Mill and preserve the existing level of export. “If the export of flax is beneficial, we must use this advantage. Grow and sell more flax then,” the President said.

During the visit to the farm the President was also informed about the efforts to create abundant fodder reserves for the intensive development of the animal husbandry industry.

The President deemed it necessary to rationally use funds in the agricultural industry, observe all technological requirements in the production process. The President was not satisfied with the maintenance and storage of equipment at a number of farms. “Farm equipment is not well kept. It is inadmissible,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

The head of state gave an instruction to finish the spring sowing campaign by 1 May. “Quality is the main priority,” he added.

Chairman of the Gomel Oblast Executive Committee Vladimir Dvornik informed the President about the development of agriculture in the region. In 2010-2015, the production of milk went up almost 25% and exceeded 1 million tonnes in 2015. Other industries were increasingly vibrant too.

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