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23 June 2016, 14:13

Lukashenko expects agro-towns to dominate rural landscape in Belarus

MINSK, 23 June (BelTA) – In the future agro-towns may become the only type of population centers in rural areas in Belarus, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said when commenting on the speeches of the delegates of the Belarusian People's Congress, BelTA has learned.

The President noted that the future belongs to agro-towns. “It seems to me that there will be only agro-towns in rural areas in the future,” Alexander Lukashenko said. But still the head of state added that he, as a person who comes from village, does not like this idea.

“We will try to delay the process of labor flight to agro-towns, and we will do this through the development of the villages that house farms that have been brought under supervision of agro-towns,” the President noted. The head of state set a target to pay special attention to the development of such settlements. “If we see that people stay there and are not willing to leave, we will develop such settlements intensively to make sure that not all rural population gets concentrated in agro-towns,” Alexander Lukashenko noted.

The so-called unpromising villages will not be neglected. Businessmen, many of whom come from such small villages, are expected to provide support to them.

The President noted that Belarus has developed more than 1,500 agro-towns, having spent over $50 billion on two rural development programs.

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