PUKHOVICHI DISTRICT, 4 November (BelTA) - The Belarusian National Biotechnology Corporation (BNBC) will launch the production of a full complex of vitamins, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a ceremony to launch the production of mixed fodder and amino acids at BNBC in Pukhovichi District on 4 November, BelTA has learned.
"The project is not over. I have instructed to draw up a program for the next step - the production of a full complex of vitamins. Only four countries in the world have such technologies. Belarus will be one of them. Therefore, the creation of the BNBC is comparable to the construction of a nuclear power plant, space programs (you know that we launch our satellites into space) and an IT park,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The president is convinced that such projects will raise the country to a new technological level. "The nuclear power plant, BNBC and so on are a steam locomotive that will pull up wagons. These are completely different people. It's a great cause. It's a completely different technology. Society will be different. This is all for your children," the head of state emphasized.
At the same time, Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that the Hi-Tech Park no longer occupies the leading position in its industry. "We already have IT specialists at every production facility. In general, BNBC relies on IT technologies. Some production facilities are served by only seven people. The IT park gave impetus to the development of IT technologies in industries, educational laboratories, universities and so on,” the president said. “I compared BNBC to space industry. I think it's even cooler. Launching into space is not a problem. But to set up such a company is a bigger challenge."
The BNBC employees asked the head of state about the prospects of the enterprise, about the feasibility of the vitamin production project.
"As president I dream of having a cluster here, with competent smart people. Their children should have everything for life, this most advanced biotech production," Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “It is my presidential dream to have a science city infused with manufactures here. We're already creating that. Let's move along this path. These are advanced technologies, this is the future of our people, this is the independence of our country. That's what I'm thinking about when I look at the space around this company."
The president noted that a few decades ago the term "biotechnology" was a difficult word, not everyone understood what it meant. "But still we had the idea of biotechnology holding the future. Like nuclear power and so on. I listened to smart people at the time, but I didn't really dig into it because I couldn't touch it. But when I became president, I had to. I dream of our society raising several steps higher," he added.