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27 Jul 2020

Lukashenko visits dairy plant in Nesvizh, samples local products

Lukashenko visits dairy plant in Nesvizh, samples local products

NESVIZH DISTRICT, 27 July (BelTA) – During a working trip to Nesvizh District on 27 July Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko visited a modern milk-processing enterprise – OOO Nesvizh Baby Food Plant, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko went on a tour of the processing facilities, was made familiar with the process flow and with the company's financial and economic performance indicators.

Aleksandr Karanik, Chairman of the Board of Directors of OOO Nesvizh Baby Food Plant, said that the construction of the enterprise began in 2013 and the enterprise was commissioned in 2016. It is a cutting-edge enterprise, all the processes are automated as much as possible, there are only a handful of human personnel per manufacturing division. The company employs 223 people. Many of those, who had left Nesvizh District, came back in order to work here.

The investments amounted to €95 million, including about €40 million in bank loans. The rest is money of the shareholders, the international company Food Union, which is headquartered in Hong Kong. “In essence these are Chinese investments, pure foreign direct investments because our charter capital makes up €35 million,” Aleksandr Karanik explained.

In his words, the high quality of products is secured thanks to excellent raw materials and modern technologies. The current workload of the enterprise is about 60%. The plant processes about 270 tonnes of milk per day. There are plans to reach the designed processing capacity of 500 tonnes of milk per day by 2023.

Most of the output – about 96% – is exported to Russia. Work is in progress on shipping local products to China and countries of the European Union.

The enterprise uses raw materials supplied by Minsk Oblast enterprises, which have passed rigorous audit checks. The company buys only premium quality milk.

Aleksandr Karanik pointed out that the plant had been built from scratch in an empty parcel of land. He recalled that the head of state once told the private sector that it is much easier to privatize an existing enterprise but starting a business from scratch is the mark of a true businessman. Aleksandr Karanik said: “So, we've done it.” He remarked that there had been risks like in any commercial venture but they were incomparable to the risks the country's leadership takes as it makes decisions. “You have no room for errors,” Aleksandr Karanik told Aleksandr Lukashenko.

The president agreed that errors made by a head of state can be costly because decisions had to be well-adjusted although the government sometimes encourages certain risks. “Yes, risks are necessary, but one has to understand that an error may be costly. If you have a pipe that pumps oil, you sleep while it pumps oil and you get money, then you can take risks, you have money to repay,” the head of state noted.

Aleksandr Lukashenko was able to appreciate the high quality of products made by Nesvizh Baby Food Plant by sampling them.

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