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26 Jun 2018

Belarus president urges serious preparations for harvesting campaign after drought losses

MINSK, 26 June (BelTA) – It is necessary to very seriously prepare for the harvesting campaign considering the losses inflicted by the drought. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the relevant statement as he made personnel decisions concerning heads of municipal executive government agencies on 26 June, BelTA has learned.

Among other things the head of state authorized the appointment of the heads of the administration of Belynichi District and Krugloye District. Alexander Lukashenko noted these districts have a high potential primarily from the point of view of agriculture. “The soils are good. I’ve seen the entire eastern Belarus this weekend. I wish the rest of the country would be like that. It has even raised my spirits a bit. Because I had been a bit depressed after the recent spell of drought since I had seen even here, in the center [of the country] how much damage the drought had caused. Not to mention several parts of Gomel Oblast and Brest Oblast,” said the head of state.

“But rains have mended the situation a bit and the crops in your areas are very good. It is necessary to seriously prepare for the harvesting campaign because you will feed the entire country. Can you recall when the north and the northeast provided food for the entire Belarus? Well, we can add the northern part of Minsk Oblast, too. This is why it is necessary to pay close attention to preparations for the harvesting campaign,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

Speaking about prospects of development of Belarusian agriculture, the head of state reminded that the relevant matters had been discussed a short time before using the emerging agribusiness holding company Kupalovskoye in Shklov District as an example. “We discussed what we should do in the long term, what reformation steps we should take. We talked about finishing the modernization of Belarusian agriculture. It is time for us to do something new in agriculture, to show an example of where we will go now,” noted Alexander Lukashenko.

The president once again reminded about the importance of wisely working with the personnel and maintaining labor discipline. “Those, who want to work, should be given everything so that they could work properly. Don’t be afraid of the shortage of personnel. You should mobilize the available manpower. If you had ten grain harvesters in the past, now one harvester with a good driver can replace those ten or even 12. This is why you don’t need that many vehicle drivers and milkmaids. You just have to organize things properly and rely on good specialists,” believes the Belarusian leader.

“Order and technological discipline just like labor discipline on the whole are top priorities. Stay on top of things. Don’t gawk around. You are responsible for one specific territory. You will be made answerable for it. You have no private or state-owned companies over there. You have executives and workers, who need to exercise their key rights – to labor, salaries, life, healthcare, education, and so on,” stressed Alexander Lukashenko.

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