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16 April 2024, 14:48

Lukashenko: Enlargement strategy in agriculture has proved effective

MINSK, 16 April (BelTA) – The strategy to augment agricultural enterprises has proved to be effective and this work should be completed by 2023, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he hosted a meeting to discuss rural development and efficiency of the agricultural sector, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko drew attention to poorly-performing farms and instructed the government, regional executive committees and district executive committees to come to grips with the situation and take all necessary measures to improve the performance of such companies.

“It’s not right when processors take out loans and spend years paying them back. It turns out that this is not a business, but a social project. Under such conditions, agricultural companies will never achieve double-digit profitability and pay decent salaries. That said, every inspector reports under-use of domestic raw materials. With such demand for products, companies should be rolling in clover instead of asking for money to pay salaries,” the president said.

“This means that we need to break the pattern. The lands and assets of loss-making farms should be transferred to well-performing companies as part of the enlargement scheme. Modern large-scale dairy and pig-breeding complexes should be built at aggrandized enterprises,” the head of state emphasized.

In this regard, the president cited upgraded complexes with their own raw materials as an example to follow. Their productivity is rather high. For example, last year they produced more milk per cow than the national average. And the number of such enterprises is growing. “The decision to go for enlargement has proved to be right. And this work must be completed by 2030,” the head of state said.

“A cow should live in a palace,” the head of state said figuratively as he spoke about conditions for keeping cattle. “We need to replace shabby farms, and the sooner the better. We are simply killing the cattle there. And in new dairy complexes, Roman Aleksandrovich [Golovchenko], the milking process should be arranged properly,” the head of state said.

The president instructed the government and regional executive committees to ensure the unconditional implementation of investment projects to build dairy complexes, increase the number of high productivity livestock (not less than 6,500 kg per cow) and ramp up milk production (to at least 9 million tonnes).
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