Minsk holds FAO forum

Minsk holds FAO forum

To get over hunger on Earth. Being one of the leaders in the agriculture on the continent, Belarus is today at the centre of attention of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Scientists from 15 European and Central Asian countries gathered in Minsk.

The experts of the organization are sure that Belarus’ experience will be useful for achieving sustainable aims of a civilization’s development. Walnuts now grow in the south of Belarus.

Brest region decided to go for a courAgeous experiment. As many as 20 hectares of land are planted with an unusual feeding crop called cup plant (silphium perfoliatum). Scientists say that it may substitute corn in the future.

Marina Pastukhova, junior research associate of the Polesie Agrarian Ecological Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus:
If to compare this plant with corn and taking into consideration feed value, then it is at some point even better.

It excels corn in protein, sugar and in herbage.

Sergei Martysyuk, an agricolist with more than 30 years of experience is used to be trusting science, but test everything in practice. He doesn’t see any disadvantages in the new crop.

Sergei Martysyuk, head agricolist of OJSC “Agro-Zarechie” (Kamenets district):
I liked the fact that it can grow on one place up to 25 years. Let it be 15 years.

If you sow it, you only need to look after it for 10-15 years, cut it, fertilize it and then you get your harvest.

The harvest promises to be up to 1,500 of herbage in two cuts. What is more, nectareous plant.

With no doubt whatsoever, sustainable development of agriculture is one of the main economy development quotients of a country. It is not by chance that the large-scale FAO forum was held on June 19, 2017 in Minsk. Experts from 15 European and Central Asian countries exchange experience and discuss global issues of agriculture and food.

The Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus became a platform for scale discussions. In general, the issue of providing a country with food was discussed. Belarus holds the 44th position among 113 countries in food sovereignty index. Belarus provides itself with nearly 85% of home-raised products.

Raimund Jehle, FAO Regional Strategic Programmes Coordinator IN Europe and Central Asia:
The agriculture sector is very well developed in Belarus. I would like to praise the dairy and meat products. I even tasted some of them myself.

The products are of a high quality.

Minsk is interested in regional initiatives of the FAO: in widening and support of small farms and in increasing export.

Vladimir Gusakov, chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences:
Belarus solved the issue on food security and sustainable rural area development in a short period of time.

Now it is a surplus product country: up to 30% of foodstuffs is sold abroad, a task has been set to reach 50%.

Minsk hosted the forum for the first time. This is where it was said the foodstuff export of Belarus is not only beneficial but is useful for the neighbours as a social project – to ensure food supply security.