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18 Aug 2017

Belarus president orders to keep up harvesting pace

Belarus president orders to keep up harvesting pace

SHKLOV DISTRICT, 18 August (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko visited agricultural enterprises in Shklov District and Orsha District on 18 August. The head of state gave instructions to keep up the pace of the harvesting campaign, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko said: “Today is August 18. I said that we should gather in the bulk of the harvest by 20 August or 85-87% in my book. But we certainly mustn’t stop. This is why we must work hard until we gather in everything.”

Alexander Lukashenko also drew attention to the situation in northern parts of Belarus — Vitebsk Oblast and some areas in Mogilev Oblast and Minsk Oblast. Only half of the grain crops have been harvested over there so far. “I want a fast pace and hard work without any excuses. The favorable weather cannot last forever,” said the Belarusian leader. “This is why we need 90-92% as of Monday. Make decisions on how we are going to gather in the harvest in the northern parts.”

As another peculiarity of the current period the head of state mentioned the need to promptly switch to sowing operations in order to lay down the foundation for a good harvest next year.

Haymaking for the third time this year is another thing to keep in mind. “We have good grass and we need to gather it in. Efforts should be focused on the sowing campaign and haymaking,” stressed the head of state.

Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Rusy informed Alexander Lukashenko about progress in harvesting various crops. So far Belarusian farmers have gathered in 80.2% of the grain and leguminous crops, producing about 6.3 million tonnes with the average yield at 36 centners per hectare. “We will reach last year’s gross harvest figures by today’s evening,” said the deputy prime minister.

In his words, this year Belarusian agricultural enterprises boast a good harvest of other crops, too. The volumes exceed last year’s figures in many cases.

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