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08 October 2021, 14:05

Lukashenko: Fur farming industry must produce stable profit

MINSK, 8 October (BelTA) - The fur breeding industry should bring stable profit, not ask for budget money, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the general meeting of the Belarusian National Union of Consumer Societies Belkoopsoyuz on 8 October, BelTA has learned.

Belkoopsoyuz's fur farms account for over 90% of the national output. A lot has been done in this sector in the recent years, including a great amount of invested resources, Aleksandr Lukashenko said. Despite the specifics of the market there is a certain result, he added.

“Valery Ivanov [former Chairman of Belkoopsouyz], in view of his agricultural education, placed a great deal of focus on the fur farming industry,” the president said.

The world's fur market faced another crisis amid the pandemic last year. The head of state recalled that against this background Denmark slaughtered 10 million minks (out of a total 17 million animals in the country). Then it turned out to be a mistake. “Why did we not take over the market? A goldmine. Then the market was already unbalanced as a result of such idiotic decisions of politicians. That is why I instructed to allocate credit resources under the government's guarantees to help our fur farms recover. In fact, it was done to save them amid a complete standstill in sales,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.

“In the future, the operation of this sector must be organized so that it no longer asked for budget money, but produced stable profit. This issue will be monitored closely. I think the new head understands that nothing will work without strict technological and production discipline,” the president stressed.

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