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21 December 2022, 12:29

Zayats reviews progress in Belarus' agriculture since 1995

An archive photo
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MINSK, 21 December (BelTA) – At the joint meeting of the two chambers of the Belarusian parliament Belarus' Deputy Prime Minister Leonid Zayats told MPs what has changed in Belarusian agriculture since 1995, BelTA has learned.

“Using its production capacities Belarus increased milk output 2.5 times in 1995-2021. The sale of livestock and poultry rose 2.2 times, the production of eggs expanded by 52%. The increase in production was achieved not only by increasing livestock population, but also thanks to greater efficiency. In 1995 each cow produced the average of 2,150 kg of milk, while in 2021 the output rose to 5,406 kg. The average daily weight gain of livestock and pigs doubled. The per capita milk output rose 1.7 times, that of meat grew 2 times, that of eggs increased by almost 15%,” said Leonid Zayats.

More than 222,000 units of agricultural machinery and equipment are currently involved in the production of crop and livestock products, and the machine and tractor fleet is constantly being upgraded and re-equipped. Over the past five years, the country's agricultural sector purchased over 5,000 tractors, over 2,000 combine harvesters as well as other types of farm machinery. As a result, in 2021 the power-to-weight ratio of agricultural labor increased by 40% since 1995 and amounted to 80 hp. per worker.

“Agricultural organizations have adequate technical capacities to carry out all field works in time. In the public sector, the production of staple agricultural crops has significantly increased. Statistical data show that for a number of years Belarus has been ahead of other countries in terms of per capita production of most types of agricultural products,” the deputy prime minister noted.

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