President Lukashenko gives indications to finish harvesting campaign by November 7

President Lukashenko gives indications to finish harvesting campaign by November 7

It is necessary to cardinally change the approach to farming in the Vitebsk region. These indications were given by Alexander Lukashenko on October 23, 2017, when listening to the report on the measures of ending the autumn field works.

Representatives of the agricultural sector were invited to the discussion. Traditionally, the northern regions have fields where the crop harvesting last longer as it should do every year. Therefore, the terms of harvesting campaigns are postponed. The reason for it is the special climate of the Vitebsk region.

Alexander Lukashenko emphasized several times: maybe it is necessary to highlight key priorities differently, to change the structure of the cultivation areas.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
We need to go for a serious reform of the agricultural complex of the Vitebsk region. We agreed to begin with the structure of the cultivation areas. We need to cardinally change the approach towards farming in the Vitebsk region. Next year we must solve this problem once and for all, especially with the structure of cultivation areas, with the orientation at agricultural production structure. The products we are going to produce there: milk, beef, pork, poultry, considering the climate, weather conditions of the Vitebsk region and land fertility, not only the level of agriculture, but the level of farming of the Vitebsk region. Primarily, I mean workers.

I want to ask you to do without eye washing. If you do not know, then don’t say. You won’t be able to change the situation with reports on the GDP of this or that product or figure.

The main thing is money. If there is money, you work well and it has a payoff-well done. If there is nothing of this, what can I say about the surplus and the vendibility of milk, and so on and so forth. It is important for efficient management of the production. However, it is not my function. This function must end at the level of a governor, and then it should be reported to you. Fine, reported to me as well, if you are informing on the GDP. The main thing is performance indicators, and here they cannot be added.

The year of 2018 will be the key year for the Vitebsk region. As the Minister of Agriculture said, the grain cultivation areas will be cut back on in the first place, and the areas for perennial legume grasses and rape will be increased. The bid will be made for meat and dairy cattle breeding.

All in all, the total harvest with corn and rape summed up to nearly 10 million tons. It is a better result than in 2016. About one tenth will be exported. The President gave indications to speed up all autumn field works. The attention should now also be paid to the preparation of soils for the spring sowing season. The future harvest depends on it as well.

Leonid Zayats, Agriculture and Food Minister of Belarus:
The problem today remains-to lift autumn plowing. More than one million hectares need plowing. Considering the weather conditions, the very rainy weather, the soil is too wet. Therefore, there is a necessity to use energy-packed tractors to pull out machines with beets, potatoes, corn. For this reason we involve tractors in these kinds of activities which were not planned.

All the harvest works must be finished by November 7. This indication was given by Alexander Lukashenko on October 23, 2017.