GRODNO, 4 May (BelTA) - The agricultural industry of Grodno Oblast has increased by 14% over the past five years. It is important to maintain the growth rate, to continue the development of the industry, Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister Ivan Krupko said as he introduced Grodno Oblast First Vice Governor Yuri Valevaty to the staff of the Grodno Oblast Executive Committee, BelTA has learned.
In his new position, Yuri Valevaty will oversee the region's agricultural industry. This is a difficult and responsible job, Ivan Krupko said.
"Grodno Oblast is one of the agricultural leaders in the country. Over the last five years the regional agriculture has added 14%. The growth was over 7% in 2020 and 2% in Q1 2021. The region is the country's flagship in crop production, cereal yield, sugar beet, fodder," Ivan Krupko said. He also highlighted the high results in meat and milk production. It is important, he said, to continue the progressive development of the industry and increase efficiency.
"At the heart of everything is people, human resources. We need to preserve the foundations laid down by previous generations. Looking back at the good traditions of our region, we still need to move forward and embrace new innovations: modernization, diversification, changing the structure of the areas under crops," Yuri Valevaty shared his plans.
Ivan Shchuk, who previously held the position of First Deputy Chairman of the Grodno Oblast Executive Committee, was honored for his many years of fruitful work. He was awarded the honorary title "Honored Agricultural Worker of the Republic of Belarus."