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President Lukashenko: Belarus two projects away from becoming world's leading potash producer

Belarus intends to become a world leader in the production of potash fertilizers, said President Alexander Lukashenko on August 31 at a meeting with Mikhail Gutseriev, Russian businessman and chairman of the Slavkali board of directors.

Today, Belarus accounts for one seventh of the world export of potash fertilizers.

The products are delivered to more than 70 countries. Industry does not stand still, however. At present, several large projects are being implemented in Belarus: two ore mining and processing enterprises are being built, including Nezhinsky GOK on the basis of the Starobinsky deposit. The project is led by the company Slavkali.

The opening of new facilities will help to strengthen positions in the world and increase exports. And to promote products, according to the President, it is necessary to work hard with partners.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
When we implement two national projects (in Petrikov we are building a potash fertilizer plant and you have a project - Slavkali, also for the production of potash fertilizers), we will in general become the leaders of production in the world of potash fertilizers. Yes, we need to look for our partners. Maybe India, maybe China, and to build a policy with them today, most importantly, aimed at the sales of these fertilizers. But this is a remote perspective. Today I would like to hear how this project is moving forward under your leadership.

The Nezhinsky Ore Mining and Processing Enterprise will be the second enterprise in Belarus to mine potassium ore and produce potassium fertilizers. Its capacity will be up to 2 million tons of potassium per year.

President Lukashenko: Belarus two projects away from becoming world's leading potash producer