MINSK, 18 November (BelTA) – No matter how hard they strangle Belarusian producers with sanctions, the country traditionally occupies worthy positions in world rankings. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement during a solemn assembly held to honor top agribusiness performers, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked: “Despite sanctions meant to choke Belarusian producers we traditionally occupy decent positions in world rankings. Belarus is one of the top five exporters of dairy products, which can be found in supermarkets of nearly 50 countries today.”
Belarus has penetrated the Chinese market and successfully competes with New Zealand, an internationally recognized leader of the dairy industry, the head of state stated. “I mention China because it is a big problem even for friendly countries to start operating on the Chinese market. Back in the day we ‘opened up': come, do whatever you want. And my requirements for at least our three latest governments have not quite had an effect. They have finally come to realize that it is necessary to protect what is ours: our producers, consumers, our market. We truly have something to offer. We make over 1,800 dairy product titles. 1,800! We make cheeses, which taste and quality are on par with prominent world brands. A number of Belarusian companies have reached world level results in milk production,” he said.
As an example Aleksandr Lukashenko referred to the Molodovo-Agro enterprise in Ivanovo District where the annual milk yield of the milking herd exceeds 12,000kg and the figure keeps rising. Agricultural enterprises in Grodno District, Nesvizh District, Dzerzhinsk District, Smolevichi District, Berestye District, and Ivanovo District traditionally demonstrate the best results in animal husbandry.
The head of state stated: “We make over 1,000 meat product titles. These products are exported to over 30 countries across the globe. At present Belarus is recognized not only thanks to the famous MTZ tractor and the BelAZ truck but also thanks to such brands as Savushkin Product or Babushkina Krynka. Everyone, who appreciates organic food, opts for Belarusian producers. I am told that even Western sophisticated citizens of the collective West leave Belarus with huge sacks these days. They buy up everything our market has to offer. But primarily food. While introducing modern technologies, we've managed to preserve our traditions. The fact that today we can offer products for the most exacting gourmets and for people in need of special and medical nutrition is another great accomplishment of ours.”
Belarus' self-sufficiency with regard to the main foods exceeds 100%. All of them are of high quality and affordable. “Primarily thanks to your labor, respected workers, dear peasants,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.