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5 Sep 2017

Lukashenko urges against negligence during harvest campaign

Lukashenko urges against negligence during harvest campaignMINSK, 5 September (BelTA) – The ways to prevent negligence and unreasonable economic losses during the harvest campaign were discussed at a meeting between Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and representatives of the State Secretariat of the Security Council of Belarus, law-enforcement bodies and national security agencies on 5 September, BelTA has learned.

“The instructions were given to secure a tough control over the organization of the harvest campaign. We should have finally got rid of negligence, unreasonable economic losses, embezzlement, corrupt practices, and scheming,” the head of state said.

He stressed that he instructed the law-enforcement bodies and public prosecution officers to keep an eye on the order and discipline during the harvest campaign.

“There is no return to the Soviet system. Although, in the Soviet times there were a lot of good things and we are doing our best to keep them in place. I want to say that this negligence costs us a lot. You can calculate: for instance, some 10% loss of the harvest (the natural loss envisaged by agrarians) means 1 million tonnes of grain out of a 10-million-tonne harvest. Let us multiple it by $200, which is a world market price. The rough estimate gives us big losses,” the president said.

“What were the issues during the harvest campaign? Which matters require our attention?” the Belarusian leader wondered.

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