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29 March 2022, 09:10

Agriculture minister comments on planting progress in Belarus

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MINSK, 29 March (BelTA) – Belarus has already planted four times more early spring and leguminous crops than in the same period last year, Agriculture and Food Minister Igor Brylo told the STV TV channel, BelTA informs.

“We are entering the peak of the planting season. We are absolutely ready for it, with the exception of some minor technicalities. As for the major aspects of the planting effort [mineral fertilizers, fuel, personnel, equipment], their availability is much higher than in the previous year. By now, 85,000 early spring leguminous crops have already been sown. The bulk of them was planted in Brest Oblast and Grodno Oblast, of course. This is almost four times more compared with the early planting stage of last year,” Igor Brylo said.

He noted that ambitious tasks were set. There are plans to harvest 9 million tons of grain, 5 million tons of sugar beet, more than 700,000 tons of rapeseed.

The minister emphasized that Belarus will have enough food to meet domestic needs. Amidst the turbulence around Belarus, people begin to appreciate what they have, he added.

Igor Brylo also noted that the reserves that are to be used in the event of disasters and unforeseen situations remain untapped. “I want to reassure everyone: there is no need to tap into these reserves. We use what we have available at our enterprises,” he said.

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