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07.02.2016

Belarus third in world butter export rating
Belarus third in world butter export rating Belarus has taken third place in the world ranking of butter exporters. The 2015 leader of the ranking is still New Zealand, with 438,770 tons. According to the EU's European Commission, according to the results of 2015, the Republic of Belarus pushed the USA in the butter export rating and took third place in the export of these products in the world, said Maria Klimova, Deputy Chief of the Food Department of the Ministry of Agriculture during the international seminar "Innovative technologies and equipment for the dairy industry," which was held in Minsk.

02.02.2016

How much can Belarus earn on milk exports?
How much can Belarus earn on milk exports? Against the backdrop of a steep peak price of "black gold", "white gold" prices are, on the contrary, growing. For Belarus, milk and dairy products are one of the main export items.  The taste of Belarusian milk is known not only in the Ministry of Agriculture, but also all around the world.  Belarus accounts for about 5% of world exports of milk exporting diary produce to 52 countries. In 2015, Belarus entered the markets of Niger, Syria and even the Philippines. Next plans are to expand into Vietnam.
Belarus working on agricultural business development program
Belarus working on agricultural business development program The state program on the development of agricultural business in Belarus until 2020 was reviewed February 2 at the Government. Now the country has more than four thousand dairy farms. Almost 40% of them are equipped with modern facilities and milking robots. Belarus is also constantly modernizing pig and poultry farms. In five years there should not be a single loss-making enterprise in agriculture, the government said. In 2015, the export of Belarusian agricultural products amounted to more than $4 billion.

22.12.2015

Belarus' President predicts hardest year in country's history in 2016
Belarus' President predicts hardest year in country's history in 2016 The Belarusian head of state has decided on new appointments. Alexander Lukashenko appointed Alexander Pozniak Assistant to the President - Chief Inspector for Vitebsk region. Alexander Guryanov became Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Italy. Previously, he was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and was in charge of foreign economic direction.

17.12.2015

Belarus' switches to three-year budget planning
Belarus' switches to three-year budget planning December 17 deputies of the Belarusian lower chamber of the parliament considered the main financial document of the country - the 2016 budget. One of the major innovations is switching to the three-year budget planning.    The main tasks are macroeconomic and social stability. The draft budget for 2016, along with a package of related legislative documents, entered the lower house of parliament today. The developers have kept social orientation. This is the budget line, which has been a priority for many years. 

08.12.2015

Belarus 2nd best in farm tourism development
Belarus 2nd best in farm tourism development The world famous magazine National Geographic has noted Belarus’ achievements in the field of rural tourism. Only Italy runs ahead of Belarus in the world list of farm tourism development. Belarus’ 2nd place is absolutely justified. There are 20,000 rivers and 10,000 lakes in Belarus, meanwhile forests occupy 36% of the territory and national parks 7%. In Belarus you can relax in a sauna, ride a steppe horse, and forge a bow and arrows.

22.11.2015

Belarusian scientists turn tractor into robot (video and image by BSUIR)
Belarusian scientists turn tractor into robot Belarusian scientists have created a robot based on a tractor. The machine can be used for fire extinguishing, chemical spraying and bomb disposal. There’s only one exemplar of the machine so far, nevertheless, batch production is quite possible. This vehicle is small but it can do tremendous things!  The Belarusian robot has a camera and a hydrant and it can be controlled from the distance of 500 m. It took 2.5 years to create it. The 450 kilogram robot can operate in environments unsuitable for man.

18.11.2015

Andrei Kobyakov, Belarus' Premier
Belarus wants to restore economic growth The Council of Ministers wants to restore the Belarusian economy's growth as soon as possible. Ensuring macroeconomic stability is the main goal of the government and the National Bank.  The government, at its November 17 meeting, also touched upon the development of Belarusian pharmaceutical industry.  By the end of 2015, Belarusian drugs should account for 50% of all medicines in monetary terms.  The pharmaceutical industry also faces significant goals regarding innovation, import substitution and production volumes increase.

10.10.2015

Belarus Today: from weak post-Soviet state to respectful nation in the center of Europe Belarus has in recent years created a number of unique facilities, not only the NPP and made a lot of achievements.   Belarusians remember the 1990s as a period of complete chaos and collapse. They did not even think about the construction of the social, cultural and sports facilities. People were just trying to survive. Belarus today is a nice and clean (this is the first thing foreigners say), but also a modern, well-maintained, safe and comfortable.

07.10.2015

Agrarian policy of independent Belarus. TV program I Am Walking Across The Country
Agrarian policy of independent Belarus. TV program I Am Walking Across The Country A cup and pork rinds - this is how Belarusians have traditionally welcomed visitors since ancient times. By virtue of their hospitality, they are always ready to put on the table even the last potato. But now I am walking across the country in which cows ride merry-go-round and are milked to the music of Chopin, the country, which is among the world's top ten milk producers. Grandchildren still come to their grandmothers for summer holidays, but no longer to the village. Instead, they come to agrotowns, which have set a new trend in Belarus' agriculture.

05.10.2015

Belarus parliament opens 2015 autumn session: agenda
Belarus parliament opens 2015 autumn session: agenda Last week, there began the eighth session of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus. All attention is now focused on the draft budget of Belarus for 2016. MPs themselves are aiming for a balance in the economic development and innovation.   The Finance Ministry began work on the draft in the spring. And still deputies consult with financiers every day and make additions.

04.10.2015

Why do French farmers move to Belarus?
Why do French farmers move to Belarus? Comfortable conditions for business in Belarus are appreciated by many Europeans. Western Europeans. The movie star Depardieu (whether jokingly or not) declares its intention to live and work with Belarusian peasants. And some of his countrymen are already growing potatoes on Belarusian fields. Gerard Depardieu, actor, director:Now I live in Italy. In the near future I would like to live in Belarus, among peasants, because it is beautiful, and the president is a good man.

07.09.2015

Gerard Depardieu: Belarus resembles Switzerland, but is a clean and more interesting country
Gerard Depardieu: Belarus resembles Switzerland, but is a clean and more interesting country Gerard Depardieu going to live in Belarus for some time. The famous French actor voiced this intention in an interview with Le Figaro TV Magazine. Mr Depardieu wants to sell ​​all property in France and live in Belarus. This passionate impulse came after the actor's short stay in Belarus in the summer this year. In late July, actor and businessman was shown several agricultural farms near Minsk and treated to pancakes and bacon with new potatoes. He was presented the national dress - an embroidered shirt and a straw hat.  

03.09.2015

Belarus, Greece discussing possibility of setting up fur joint venture
Belarus, Greece discussing possibility of setting up fur joint venture Belarus and Greece are discussing the possibility of establishing a fur coat joint venture. This will allow Belarusian producers to expand both quantitatively and qualitatively. Minsk hosted a show of fur coats made in by Belarusian designers.

31.08.2015

Alexander Lukashenko's working visit to Brest region: review
Alexander Lukashenko's working visit to Brest region: review The President's visit to the Brest region last week placed all socio-economic priorities and answered the most rapid and current issues in the country: from harvesting company news to currency issues.  The President reminded agrarians of the region and the entire country that iron discipline in agriculture is an integral part of the success of agricultural production. In addition, an old enterprise for the production of fabrics in Baranovichi got a second life and now employs more than one thousand people.

28.08.2015

President Lukashenko continues working trip to Brest region
President Lukashenko continues working trip to Brest region The Belarus President continues his working trip to the Brest region. Alexander Lukashenko on August 28 will visit the Kamenets district to get familiar with the course of fulfillment of his instructions to restore order on the farms of the former agricultural production co-operative "Sovetskaya Belorussiya".  The head of state will also visit the engine yard "Belovezhsky". It is expected that the President will be reported on the completion of the harvesting of grain and fodder and the socio-economic development of the Brest region.    

20.08.2015

Harvesting results in the six regions of Belarus, in thousand tons
Belarusian agrarians intend to harvest at least 8.5 million tons of grain in 2015 Belarusian agrarians in the current harvesting campaign intend to crop at least 8.5 million tons of grain, said on August 20 Minister of Agriculture and Food Leonid Zayats.  He noted that, despite the forecasts of skeptics and difficult weather conditions, harvesting goals will be achieved. Meanwhile the harvesting campaign is nearing its final, with 97% of lands harvested. The leader is currently the Minsk region. It harvested more than two million tons of grain. It is followed by the Grodno and Brest regions.

18.08.2015

President Lukashenko donates home-grown vegetables to children in orphanage, rest home
President Lukashenko donates home-grown vegetables to children in orphanage, rest home Potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, melons, and watermelons. The first batch of the harvest from the fields of the official residence of the President of Belarus Drozdy arrived August 18 at Minsk's rest home and and Children's Town of the Leninsky district of Minsk. The President's youngest son Nikolai Lukashenko delivered environmentally friendly products grown by him and his father. 

17.08.2015

Minister of Agriculture and Food Leonid Zayats
Belarus expores 12 more countries for agricultural exports August 16 Belarusian agrarians overcame a milestone of 7.5 million tons of grain harvested in 2015. The harvesting campaign of 2015 is approaching its end. The campaign will end in about a week. Minister of Agriculture and Food Leonid Zayats answered questions of the CTV's program Week. In what place is Belarus in terms of agricultural production per capita in the CIS?
Alexander Lukashenko with youngest son Nikolai harvest crops near presidential residence
Alexander Lukashenko, his youngest son Nikolai harvest crops near presidential residence The Belarusian head of state worked on Sunday this week. On August 16 in the territory of the official residence "Drozdy", the President together with his youngest son harvested crops. Some 18 acres of potatoes were harvested in half an hour. All in all, the family collected 7 tens of bags. In the near future, this rich harvest will be sent to children's homes and other social establishments.

12.08.2015

Belarusian nano-fertilizers conquering markets of neighboring countries
Belarusian nano-fertilizers conquering markets of neighboring countries Belarusian nanofertilizers conquer markets of neighboring countries. About 15 tons of fertilizers that stimulate crop yields will be exported to Lithuania in 2015.  Belarusian scientists also agreed with Russian farmers on the delivery of 20 tons of beneficial microbes. Specially selected microorganisms suppress pathogenic flora, increase the fertility of the soil and thus bring better harvest. 

07.08.2015

Red danger level: Entrance to Belarusian forests forbidden because of extream heat
Red danger level: Entrance to Belarusian forests forbidden because of extream heat The red danger level. In the coming weekend, heatwave will continue to dominate in Belarus. Weather forecasters promise plus 36°C during the weekend, on 8 and 9 August. This significantly affects fire hazard. Throughout Belarus, visits to forests have been prohibited.  As for the vehicles, you can drive them only on roads leading to villages and towns as well as to special recreation places. Belarusian doctors recommend to take special care of your health in this heat.  

05.08.2015

Belarus harvests fourth million tons of grain
Belarus harvests fourth million tons of grain They are not afraid of hot weather. Belarusian agrarians have harvested four million tons of grain. Nearly half of all designated areas has been harvested. The Brest region is among the leaders. However, the other five regions of Belarus plan to harvest not less than one million tons of grain. The Minsk region is close to this mark.  The Grodno and Mogilev regions have cropped 0.5 mln tons. Vitebsk farmers started to harvest later than the others. Their result for now is more than 260 thousand tons of grain.

31.07.2015

Belarus President demands clear formation of retail prices for fruit, vegetables The Belarus President demands to sort out problems with the formation of retail prices of fruit and vegetables. Alexander Lukashenko voiced this task on July 31 during a visit to a Minsk Vegetable Factory. 

28.07.2015

Belarus harvests the first million tons of grain in 2015
Belarus harvests the first million tons of grain in 2015 Belarus has harvested the first million tons of grain. The Gomel and Brest regions are among the leaders. The Northern regions are behind for objective reasons. Traditionally, the highest yield is the Grodno region, but because of the weather conditions the harvesting is only gaining momentum there.

24.07.2015

Belarusians triumph at international hand-scything competition
Belarusians triumph at international hand-scything competition Belarusians won the International Hand-scything Competition. Representatives of Vitebsk coped with waist-deep grass. They became leaders in the individual standings in the men's and women's events. The tournament brought together scything enthusiasts from Russia, Armenia, Austria and, of course, Belarus. The most recognizable were the representatives of Belarus.  Valery Kalitsky with a support group triumphed. Belarusian representative in the women's event was also quick. Natalia Sabchuk from Polotsk scythed 50 meters of grass in three and a half minutes. 

14.06.2015

Belarusian products now in US retail chains
Belarusian products now in US retail chains Belarus will increase the export of agricultural products. According to forecasts of the Ministry of Agriculture, in 2015, the state will earn up to $ 7 billion on these supplies. Manufacturers began to actively promote products in new countries. Belarusian products are now in demand in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia. Exports doubled to Asia and Oceania. Among the buyers are the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Pakistan, and China. The first delivery of milk powder to Syria also took place. Belarusian products were tasted even in the USA. 

03.05.2015

Alexander Lukashenko meets with farmers and officials in Mogilev region
Alexander Lukashenko meets with farmers in Mogilev region: Report of "Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko" Alexander Lukashenko visited the Mogilev region on May 2 to familiarize himself with the spring sowing campaign and meet with farmers. The visit can be called a sudden. This is done deliberately in order to be able to get a full and objective picture of the situation in Belarus' agriculture.
Alexander Lukashenko's State of the Nation Address: Picture of the World's analysis The Belarus President is studying the state of affairs on his own - this is his peculiarity. An important public meeting (like the old plenums) will be devoted to agriculture. Alexander Lukashenko said this during the week during his annual state of the nation address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly. The address is a key policy document for the near future. This is like a handbook for the authorities at all levels and an outlining of priorities for people. The outer world also listened to the address carefully.

28.04.2015

President Lukashenko in forest affected by Chernobyl disaster
President Lukashenko: Agriculture and forests are major Belarusian resources Natalia Breus, CTV reporter:Belarusian forests were significantly affected by the Chernobyl disaster. 29 years passed. The number of contaminated forest areas has declined gradually, but they have not disappeared completely. Some 18 percent of the forest areas are still polluted. By 2020, this figure should be further reduced. Forests are Belarus’ national wealth. More than a third of the Belarus territory is covered with them. Regular radiation monitoring is held and specialized equipment is used in contaminated forest areas.

02.04.2015

Sowing campaign begins in Belarus
Sowing campaign begins in Belarus, with country's agricultural effectiveness in question Sowing campaign is the topic of the week in Belarus. Situation in the agricultural sphere is controlled by President Lukashenko. Last week, the Head of the State announced that it is necessary to increase the work efficacy of the agriculture. Substantial investments had been made in the development of this sphere, and they have already produced results. In contrast to the other CIS countries, Belarus doesn’t have to think how to revive agriculture.

30.03.2015

How technologies help Belarus increase yield capacity
How technologies help Belarus increase yield capacity Last week, Belarusian intellectual elite was joined by new doctors and professors. The Belarus President presented them diplomas and certificates at the Palace of Independence.  Alexander Lukashenko said Belarus faces the task to accelerate the innovative development of economy. The state will continue to support research with a real economic effect. Ekaterina Zhilyanina found out about the developments of Belarusian science.

29.03.2015

Belarus President wants higher return from investments in agriculture The Belarus President on March 27 discussed with ministers the improvement of the efficiency of the agricultural sector. Alexander Lukashenko demanded a report on the real situation in agriculture.  Agribusiness is under constant control of the President. In 2014 alone, there were adopted several decrees aimed to improve the situation in the industry. Decisions were made on all issues of rural development and huge resources invested. In view of this, the state is waiting for return from all areas of agriculture.

26.03.2015

Premier Kobyakov makes working visit to Brest Region
Premier Kobyakov makes working visit to Brest Region Sowing campaign is in full swing. Therefore, the government pays particular attention to spring field work. Yesterday the Prime Minister visited several agricultural enterprises and studied the situation in the Brest region. According to the head of the government, decisions to refinance debt for agricultural lubricants worked and a large-scale modernization of the industry is already bearing fruit.

22.03.2015

Mikhail Komok (L) and Alexei Adashkin (R)
Lelchitsy border district: How Ukrainian refugees live in Belarus And in the course of two facts. On the eve of a trip to Astana , President Lukashenko made a number of appointments. The list of new leaders includes a few chairmen of district executive committees, and, in a conversation with them, the president asked about sowing efforts. And the second point. 

10.03.2015

Belarus President questions effectiveness of forestry complex operation
Belarus President questions effectiveness of forestry complex operation The main focus is quality. The Belarus President hosted a meeting on 9 March on the improvement of the work of forestry ministry. The head of state reviewed a draft decree on the improvement of activities in this area. Quality of wood processing is among top priorities. This will provide a high added value. Modern wood processing enterprises mean additional export potential for Belarus. The upgrading of production facilities will help compete in the market and earn foreign currency.

17.12.2014

Belarus President presents state awards The President of Belarus presented state awards on December 17. The ceremony in the Palace of Independence brought together those who were named best of the best in their fields. These are doctors and teachers, artists and the arts, servicemen and athletes.  Overall, the list of awardees includes 40 people. The President said that Belarusians are thankful to those who work hard and constantly makes our life better. 

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