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President Lukashenko inspecting harvesting campaign in Belarus

30% of the grain has already been harvested, while the yield is 2 centners higher than in 2015. On July 29, the Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko was reported on the harvesting campaign in the Minsk region.

The head of state was shown promising agricultural machinery. One of these new products is the Borisov-made baler collecting straw and hay into neat bundles. It increases quality and reduces labor costs and losses.

20% of the vehicle's components are Belarusian. In the future, half of this vehicle will consist of Belarusian parts.

In the midst of the harvesting campaign the President asked about difficulties and its overall progress.

Mikhail Rusyi, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus:
To date, we have removed 30% of grain.

Alexander Lukashenko:
Exactly 30%?

Mikhail Rusyi:
30,7%.

Alexander Lukashenko:
Is there 30% or less?

Mikhail Rusyi:
Yes, definitely. 2.33 million tons has been harvested.  40,000 tons per day goes to grain elevators. This suggests that the pipeline has been set correctly, there is grain, there is bread. We are harvesting flax, 50% has been removed.

Alexander Lukashenko:
What flax?

Mikhail Rusyi:
Flax is slightly better than last year. Weather is beneficial. We've already harvested 1,500 tons of seeds.

Alexander Lukashenko:
It's time to harvest 500,000 tons per day. So that we harvest one million in 2-2.5 days.

Mikhail Rusyi:
This is like in previous years. There was some rain that is interrupting work. Today and yesterday we harvested about 340 thousand. Therefore, we will reach 400 thousand, work is underway.

Alexander Lukashenko:
Given increase in crop yield and harvest area, how much are you expecting?

Semen Shapiro, Chairman of Minsk City Executive Committee:
2 million.  Last year, southern areas were without fodder. What is the situation in the world? Ukraine has good grain and Russia has good grain.

Alexander Lukashenko:
That is, we don't know where to sell grain?

Semyon Shapiro:
Each year some grain remains.

Alexander Lukashenko:
Good! If you did not have that inventory, what would you use as feed in the south of the Minsk region?

The President also paid attention to state policy on the development of farms. Today they are over 3,000 of them in the country and this is one of the fastest growing sectors of the agricultural economy.

One of the points of the route of Alexander Lukashenko is the agricultural enterprise Tsnyanskie Ecological Products, which specializes in the cultivation of potatoes and cereals. The farm uses modern potato storage and processing technology that allows confidently selling products in the domestic and foreign markets.

President Lukashenko inspecting harvesting campaign in Belarus