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26 February 2021, 18:18

Belarus' agricultural output projected to increase by at least 2.4% in 2021

Photo courtesy of the Agriculture and Food Ministry
Photo courtesy of the Agriculture and Food Ministry

MNSK, 26 February (BelTA) – Belarus is set to increase agricultural output by at least 2.4% in 2021, Belarus' Agriculture and Food Minister Ivan Krupko said during the ministry board meeting, BelTA has learned.

"We have defined the approaches and the main parameters of the development of the agricultural industry in 2021. For example, the government envisages a 4.3% increase in exports. The existing production potential, given its competent and effective use, can ensure the growth of gross agricultural production in companies of all categories by at least 2.4%, including by 2.9% in agricultural organizations, 2% in industrial production,” said Ivan Krupko

The minister also outlined the main tasks that need to be addressed in 2021. "We need to restore the crop rotation system in accordance with the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and the Agriculture and Food Ministry, to introduce advanced technologies to ensure the greatest yields. We are looking to harvest at least 8.7 million tonnes of grain, 730,000 tonnes of canola, 5 million tonnes of sugar beet," he said.

Ivan Krupko drew attention to the need to ensure nutritional well-being of livestock in accordance with the regulations. The minister also urged to step up on the work on provision of farms with high-yielding livestock.

“For further production modernization, approaches have been developed to finance effective investment projects of particular importance for the agricultural sector, with state support from loans from banks and the Development Bank. Regional administrations are advised to start working on business plans, project documentation of investment projects and timely apply to banks for lending," the minister added.

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