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Belarusian farmers to be fully provided with fuel throughout harvest campaign

Economy 09.08.2017 | 16:47
Vladimir Dvornik, Andrei Kobyakov, and Mikhail Rusy
Vladimir Dvornik, Andrei Kobyakov, and Mikhail Rusy

TUROV, 9 August (BelTA) – The fuel demand of farmers will be fully satisfied throughout the whole period of harvest work, Belarusian Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov told the media as he is visiting Gomel Oblast on 9 August, BelTA has learned.

In accordance with the president's instructions, the government has worked out a number of initiatives to support farmers during the harvest campaign, in particular to provide them with fuel and lubricants. “The head of state supported our initiative to lend 50,000 tonnes of fuel to agricultural organizations. This will be enough for 17 workdays, in other words, till 18-20 August,” the prime minister remarked. In addition to the fuel already stored by farmers, this will be enough to complete the whole scope of agricultural works, prepare fodder, and plant winter crops.

The government is now busy working on another decision to earmark fuel for the harvest campaign and other operations. “We may allocate another 21,000 tonnes of fuel to farmers. We plan to launch the supplies in late August-early September,” Andrei Kobyakov noted.

According to the prime minister, the nationwide grain harvest has been going well. “The equipment is largely ready, there are no problems with fuel. The weather is good, too. This is why the conditions are in place to finish the main part of the work by 20 August in accordance with the president's instructions,” Andrei Kobyakov said.

During the working visit to Gomel Oblast, the prime minister got familiarized with the progress in the harvest campaign in Gomel Oblast in general and Zhitkovichi District in particular. He visited Turov Dairy Plant and reviewed the plant's financial and economic activity and the implementation of the investment project to construct the second stage of a dairy plant in Zhitkovichi Plant. Andrei Kobyakov also explored the capacities of the Turovshchina agribusiness company and heard out a report on the measures taken to develop animal breeding, horticulture, and agroecotourism at Turovshchina.

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