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Belarus hopes to harvest about 10m tonnes of grain crops

President 10.08.2017 | 10:59

IVATSEVICHI DISTRICT, 10 August (BelTA) – Belarus hopes to harvest about 10 million tonnes of grain crops, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said during his working trip to Brest Oblast on 10 August, BelTA informs.

“We can harvest about 10 million tonnes of grain crops together with rape and corn. We will harvest half of the grain by evening,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

Belarus' Agriculture and Food Minister Leonid Zayats told the president that all regions of Belarus but for Vitebsk Oblast are expected to finish harvesting by 20 August.

“As far as Vitebsk Oblast is concerned, I will say the following: the Vitebsk Oblast administration, the governor should stop reassuring us. If we see that there is good grain there, we must provide additional equipment to them. Therefore, we are harvesting grain, delivering it to grain elevators, processing it without hurting farmers. We must clear the harvest,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

The president was informed that the government grain procurement contract will be fulfilled. “We want to procure 860,000 tonnes. Let's agree that there will be 1 million tonnes or a bit more. But we need good grain, maybe we will sell something, refresh old grain reserves. Old grain can be used as fodder. There should be new grain reserves because we have good grain this year,” the head of state said.

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