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20 April 2024, 14:34

Lukashenko offers farmer to take over kolkhoz, explains difference between Belarusian and Polish apples 

MINSK, 20 April (BelTA) - Belarusian apples are better and more organic than Polish ones, President Aleksandr Lukashenko told reporters during the national cleanup day. The head of state spent this day in his hometown planting an apple orchard which will then be given to a local school, BelTA has learned. 

One of the participants of the presidential cleanup day was Igor Abramchik, the head of the Spartan-Agro farm in Molodechno District.

"Farmer, hard worker. By the way, he is not an agrarian by education," the head of state said as he introduced him to reporters.

"No, I am not. I am an engineer-economist. I graduated from the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics. But still I chose to work on the land," the farmer noted.

“An IT specialist,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said, asking whether the young man was from a village.

Igor indeed comes from a village and spent his primary school years in his home village.

“Being born in a village means your home land draws you back wherever you go,” the president said and asked how many hectares the farmer had.

“100 hectares. We are expanding little by little,” Igor Abramchik, who is engaged in horticulture, replied.

“We can give you a kolkhoz to develop,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “I advise you to select a good farm. The land is very good here.”

“I will be honest I have never been involved in horticulture before. When I became President, I started to look into details. We import apples, especially from Poland. His (the farmer's) apples are better than any Polish ones. The main thing is that they are more organic. He knows very well that if he markets something of poor quality, he will be held responsible. The same is true about healthcare and education. If surgeons take a scalpel in their hands, they know that they have to do their best. They bear huge responsivity.”

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