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Alexander Lukashenko gives instructions to complete harvesting campaign by August 20

One third of Belarusian farms turned not ready for the harvesting campaign. Alexander Lukashenko said that the harvesting campaign is imposing and criticized it a lot.

Some of the machinery is still not ready to go into the fields, not all agricultural organizations have mechanization experts, there are questions connected with the work of grain dryers. The President stated that the pace of harvesting at the moment is slow-no more than 2-3% of fields are harvested every day.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
First of all I will say that everything what depends on the state has been done or the harvesting campaign. There are financial resources; the farms are equipped with machinery (no one spoke about the problems with machinery). My corresponding decree on fuel was signed last week. However, I am told that some regions have prepared for the campaign badly. There are 7% of broken harvesters in Belarus. We can easily add an extra 2%, because there is enough of lying. Therefore it is 8%. What is surprising is the fact that, no one repaired grain dryers in the winter and spring. There is a shortage of machine operators at farms. It's bad. I have an impression that you were not going to harvest it altogether. Not everywhere have you properly taken care of the provision of equipment with fuel, spare parts, which is why time wasting is possible. We must not allow, as it often happens, that harvesting campaign mechanism works reluctantly. I drew the attention of the Agriculture Minister several times to control the situation, the quality of the campaign. We cannot fertilize the soil with grain. I often hear from specialists: that there is 8-10% of loss-it is normal. However, it is about one million tons of harvest, which we are missing to feed cattle. The safety o the harvest, I will stress- this is the issue of food security of the country. We cannot allow for any losses to happen.

Chairmen of district executive committees have the widest authorities. The decisions made on this level will be final. Alexander Lukashenko prohibited blaming the difficulties of the current harvesting campaign on the bad weather. The reasons of unsuccessful results must be searched for in the neglect approach to the issue.

Alexander Lukashenko:
Andrei Vladimirovich, why did not you and the government take the decision, to prepare all the machinery before July 20, and why didn’t you control the issue? The Prime Minister had to be called to the residence of the President to ask about the process and set the tasks?

Andrei Kobyakov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus:
The data reporting showed good results. Statistic reporting, which was given by the farms. As or the real situation, these are the figures which have been reported by corresponding authorities.

Alexander Lukashenko:
You look only at the statistics. The statistics which will be made up by governors and ministers. Why didn’t you go and control the situation? Why wasn’t the police organized. Why was the State Control Committee not involved in the six months?

Andrei Kobyakov:
We are more or less ready or the harvesting campaign. There are 30% of farms, which were mentioned today, the problems they have they have a chronical character.

Alexander Lukashenko:
What do you mean “more or less”? Or don’t you understand what 30% of arms are? I you are going to harvest 8 million tons, take 30% off. What, aren’t you going to harvest 3 million tons today?

Andrei Kobyakov:
Two thirds of arms have prepared well. It will be a minimum of 80% of the harvest.

Alexander Lukashenko:
We will burry 30% then.

Andrei Kobyakov:
No one is burying them. It is them sweating it out.

Alexander Lukashenko:
That means that now I am going to farms. If I see at least one contradiction to what you have said, you will stay without office. Sit down.

The President gave instructions to finish the harvesting campaign by August 20. The main aim is to activate the actions of people. Every grain counts in 207, because the main task is not to lose the harvest. The President set a range of tasks. The government and the National Bank are to solve the financial issues of the campaign, the officials are to go to the regions and organize the harvesting campaigns on the places.

Alexander Lukashenko gives instructions to complete harvesting campaign by August 20