MINSK, 18 September (BelTA) – Belarus is set to increase its gross agricultural output by 2-3% by the end of the year, Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Leonid Zayats said in an interview to Belarus 1 TV channel, BelTA has learned.
“In general, we plan to finish the current year with an increase in gross agricultural output. We will at least exceed the level of 2022. This is despite the fact that we have a shortage of grain,” Leonid Zayats said.
According to him, the plans to achieve this result include a good harvest of potatoes, sugar beet and rapeseed. “We plan to exceed the gross output of 2022 by 2-3%. We have set such a task,” the deputy prime minister said.
The potato harvest is really good this year. Last year Belarus cropped 1,079,000 tonnes. This year's harvest is expected to reach 1,100,000 tonnes. Plans are in place to finish harvesting potatoes in early October.
Potatoes and vegetables, stored in so-called stabilization funds, will be sold at reasonable prices for consumers, Leonid Zayats said.