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6 Oct 2017

Belarus president wants iron discipline in Minsk Oblast

SLUTSK DISTRICT, 6 October (BelTA) – While on a working trip to Slutsk District on 6 October Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko charged Minsk Oblast Governor Anatoly Isachenko with enforcing iron discipline in the region, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko said: “We need iron discipline. If you see something out of order, tell them once. If they fail to mend their ways, call them to account regardless of whether it is a private enterprise or not.”

The head of state drew attention to careless attitudes of individual agricultural enterprises to areas under crops. From the board of his helicopter Alexander Lukashenko noticed that large corn plantations are flooded. The president noted these areas should have been sown with grass instead of corn and attributed the situation to poor farming choices. He promised that no insurance will be paid for the grain lost due to careless farming practices.

The head of state spoke at length about the meat and dairy industry in Minsk Oblast. Alexander Lukashenko said he wants the enterprises operating at full capacity. “Slutsk District is a typical place where we should get meat. It offers ideal conditions for grain production. Don’t forget about meat production. We cannot do without pork, poultry, and beef,” stressed the president.

In addition to satisfying domestic demand it is necessary to export Belarusian foods. As he met with the Belarusian head of state Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro noted they are ready to buy Belarusian food. “They will pay, they are ready to take our food right now. We should export the bulk of the output,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

The head of state also noted that there is no need to wait for the arrival of investors, who are ready to grow cereals in Belarusian lands. It is likely that such investors will be eager to just sell cereals for a quick profit. “We want other things. We need to grow grain, process it, and get ready-made meat and dairy products,” noted Alexander Lukashenko.

Alexander Lukashenko mentioned Russia, which is a leading grain exporter, as an example. Russia’s domestic demand for meat and dairy products has not been satisfied yet. “Their agricultural enterprises are mainly private. Private owners stay away from complicated manufacturing processes. We know very well that meat and dairy industry is a complicated process. We will pursue our own policy. We don’t want to leave the nation without meat and milk because private owners sell only what the market buys well. Our market, the Russian market, and other ones need meat and dairy products these days. We earn good money from it this is why we should approach this matter wisely,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

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