Belarus needs a new program of rural revival and development, Chairman of the Vitebsk Oblast Council of Deputies Vladimir Terentyev said when speaking at the 5th Belarusian People's Congress.
According to Vladimir Terentyev, close attention should be paid to small villages and to people living there. “This is the zone of responsibility of the councils of deputies. We think that maybe we need to adopt a new program of rural revival and development. We cannot allow these villages disappear from the map of our country,” Vladimir Terentyev said.
There are many ways to save these villages. Among them are rural tourism and farming. Major agro-towns can also provide them support. This issue requires discussion not only at the level of local authorities but also at the level of government,” he believes.
Vladimir Terentyev also urged to set up a holding company “Belarusian Flax” with Orsha Linen Mill as its locomotive. “It should bring together all enterprises of this industry: from agricultural enterprises to retail,” the Chairman of the Vitebsk Oblast Council of Deputies.
Creating jobs, attracting investment, and maintaining positive dynamics are among the priorities for Vitebsk Oblast in the coming five years, he added.