SOLIGORSK, 22 September (BelTA) – From now on iron, unconditional discipline will become the motto of agribusiness. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement during the nationwide seminar-conference on the development of the cattle breeding industry on 22 September, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “From now on iron, unconditional discipline will become the motto of agribusiness. Labor discipline. Financial discipline. Technological discipline. You have to do what you have to do.”
The head of the state instructed the government together with the Agriculture and Food Ministry, heads of the oblast administrations, the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus under firm control of law enforcement and oversight agencies to ensure the realization of the key directions.
First. Strict observance of zootechnic and veterinary norms of keeping and feeding of cattle and poultry.
Second. Prevention of the loss of cattle. “Men, don't take offense. It is the last time we talk about it. You will not be able to justify your failures. I am not going to even listen to you. Starting 1 January things will be extremely difficult for those, who failed to hear me or heard me and failed to make conclusions,” the president warned.
Third. The need to stock up on feed to fully meet the demand of the public animal husbandry industry while observing technological requirements and industry-specific regulations. “Quality is the key,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.
Fourth. Increasing the economic effectiveness of the animal husbandry industry on the basis of stock breeding.
Fifth. It is necessary to increase the workload of meat-packing plants while ruling out criminal schemes during cattle sales. “Things should line up with the picture you, oblast governors and heads of district administrations have ‘painted'. There must be no state-run enterprises, cooperatives, or private companies for you. All of them are in your care. Everyone has to have equal conditions,” the head of state said.
Sixth. Order in bookkeeping of agricultural enterprises, including initial records of cattle transfers and statistic reports.
Seventh. It is necessary to staff agricultural enterprises with veterinary specialists and workers. “You have to spend all you have but five to six executives (head agronomist, head animal technician, head veterinary doctor, head engineer and so on) should be provided with everything they need,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
Eighth. Unwavering observance of internal labor regulations, labor discipline, standing requirements for manufacturing processes and the quality of products by workers of agricultural enterprises. “Take good care of machines, vehicles, and equipment. They cost crazy money. Nobody will give you so much money in the future. The state has to take care of its own problems: social sphere, roads, land amelioration, efforts to increase soil fertility, and the rest. Those are the responsibility of the state. We cannot subsidize your business. But for now we dole out what little we have and try to satisfy every need,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.
The president went on saying: “I've identified the problems. But they are visible as it is. You know them better than I do. You are closer to it. Act! If someone impedes you, it is very easy to contact me. Tasks have been formulated. I look forward to concrete proposals about the strategy of development of the animal husbandry industry from the relevant deputy prime minister, from the [agriculture and food] minister. We have a new minister. It is necessary to start working very actively and lively no matter what. Positive practices of heads of successful agricultural enterprises are available. You are welcome to adopt them across the entire region or the republic.”