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Alexander Lukashenko visits Khoiniki district

Alexander Lukashenko emphasized the progress on the rehabilitation of the affected by the Chernobyl catastrophe zones.

It was stated by Alexander Lukashenko on June 16, 2017 when he was visiting the Polesie State Radioecological Reserve. The President was told about the radiation situation in the area, about the ecological processes in the reserve.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
Get the documents sorted, take these issues for the prospects. So that you have certain documents. We need to consider this problem once again taking into consideration these 30 years and the experience we have. And then we need to decide. This problem belongs to you and the scientists: if there is good fish in the spring water and people catch and eat it.

Consider the matter yourselves. A person will not go to a place where it is not safe.

The experimental farming in the reserve was discussed as well. The President was shown a horse farm where horses are bred, and a bee yard where, despite the high radiation level, pure honey is produced.

What is more, Alexander Lukashenko got acquainted with the experimental laboratory.

It is equipped with the most modern facilities for radiochemical tests. Later, Alexander Lukashenko spoke to the journalists and said that the restoration of the polluted area is a part of his life. This is where the toughest decisions were made.

Alexander Lukashenko:
This is a big part of my life. And it is not the happiest part of it. This is where the toughest decisions had to be made, when I visited these villages, when people were frightened, when people were thrown out of their homes, some of them decided to leave themselves. They returned to the place in one year, they weren’t given passports, they weren’t registered.

This is when my Chernobyl life began.

There was a lot of criticism addressed to me when we began to cultivate land there. I was forced to settle near the Pripyat then, I built a wooden house there. I even live there today. I always began my new life in the new year in the Gomel region. The sowing campaign always began here, I used to visit this place a lot. Agricultural settlements were built in the Polesie. The Polesie program was accepted. I was forced to live here, I spent a lot of time here 20-15-17 years ago.

This is what this life began with. Can you imagine what Chernobyl life means to me? Chernobyl stayed there. Yes. There are consequences here. However, nice and beautiful people live here.

I always ask this question (and asked him as well): tell me about your feelings. As many as 20 years have passed since our last meeting, what has changed? What are the people like? What is the life expectancy? He smiles and says that many have lived more than they could before Chernobyl.

I am happy that the right decision was made, it did not influence the health of people who lived here, returned to the zone and who left this life before. It proved the correctness of the made decision.

Nevertheless, we stay careful. We do not really enter the 30-kilometre zone.

However, I am happy that by coming here such a decision was made. The money was given to the governor. The task now is to have ten horsing farms like this one by the end of the five-year-plan (in three years’ time) and three new bee yards. Maybe even a wood processing plant. They have the money so do it. I’ll come back at the end of the five-year plan and see whether it has been done or not.

Alexander Lukashenko visited this area for the fifth time. The figures speak much of the work done in the region.

In the last ten years the food production doubled and even trebled in Gomel region.

Alexander Lukashenko visits Khoiniki district