SVETLOGORSK, 1 April (BelTA) – Agriculture has been given unprecedented support from the state this year, BelTA learned from Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko after a session of the Svetlogorsk District Executive Committee.
According to Roman Golovchenko, difficult targets have been set this year regarding the output of agricultural products, which represent raw materials for processing enterprises and food manufacturers. “We have to gather in 9 million tonnes of cereals. Harvest targets have been raised for colza, corn, potato as well as production targets for milk and meat – all the main manufacturing categories. All of it is geared towards ensuring our own security. But all of it was primarily done in order to get additional earnings from exporting agricultural products and foods,” he said.
The prime minister explained that the demand for agricultural products is rather high. “Many countries already invite us to sign forward and futures contracts. They are ready to pay virtually 100% in advance for our potatoes and other crops. There is no need for such schemes yet. We follow the traditional scheme. We pay in advance to our agriculture ourselves. Financial support for agriculture has never been better organized than this year. In 2021 budgets of all levels increased agriculture spending by virtually 1.5 times in comparison with 2020. This year's spending increased by another 10%. Moreover, while we used to appropriate additional funding through the year for some oversights, this year we've taken care of those right away,” Roman Golovchenko explained.
Progress of the sowing campaign was on the agenda. “Agrarians have virtually no issues with the availability of financial resources for the sowing campaign. The necessary amounts of fuel and lubricants, crop protection agents, seeds, and fertilizers are available. It is understandable that the situation may vary from one agricultural enterprise to another even inside one district. But the overall situation in oblasts and the republic as a whole is better than last year,” Roman Golovchenko stressed. In his words, it gives reasons to believe that the harvest will be decent: “Not only Belarusians but our partners from friendly countries will get bread, meat, and milk.”