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Lukashenko promises tough punishment for massive loss of cattle

President 16.08.2019 | 11:44
Aleksandr Lukashenko during the working trip
Aleksandr Lukashenko during the working trip

STARYYE DOROGI DISTRICT, 16 August (BelTA) – The authorities will look into the reasons for a massive loss of cattle at Belarusian farms at the end of the year, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he visited OOO Shapchitsy Agro during his working trip to Staryye Dorogi on 16 August, BelTA informs.

According to the head of state, the authorities will measure the loss of cattle in every region and in the country in general at the end of the year. “The guilty will be punished. What for do we plough the soil, produce fodder – for dead cows, bulls and calves? No one needs that,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “This is blatant mismanagement, a true crime. There will be tough punishment for the massive loss of cattle.”

According to Aide to the Belarusian President Aleksandr Kosinets, 19,600 cattle and 102,800 swine were killed in Minsk Oblast last year. The loss of cattle amounted to 10,400 head, the loss of pigs reached 59,600 in H1 2019. “It means that the cattle death toll went up 17%, that of pigs – by 24%. We need to look into these matters,” he answered.

Minsk Oblast Governor Anatoly Isachenko, in turn, explained that the loss of cattle in the region had fallen in the region. The authorities just stopped to hide the statistics, and the figures now seem bigger. “There is unproductive cattle loss. It is divided into three categories: die-off, slaughter and selling to the population. The latter two, slaughter and selling to the population, always increase when there are attempts to conceal die-off. When I became governor, we stopped it and decided to show what we have. The loss of cattle has allegedly increased, but in reality we reduced the unproductive loss by 16,442 head in 2017. The loss fell by almost 2,000 in H1 2019. We got rid swindlers, show the real picture, the unproductive loss in falling although it still exists,” the chairman of the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee said.

In his words, 25,000 cattle were killed Minsk Oblast in 2017 in accordance with the statistics. “It is not true. Such figures make no sense. This is covert die-off. We have stopped it, and the loss of cattle has increased statistically. But it has dwindled in reality,” the governor said.

Chairman of the State Control Committee Leonid Anfimov reaffirmed these words. “After we had started to look into this problem, the death toll decreased a little from the level of the previous year,” he said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko instructed to deal with this situation in the country in general. Certain instructions were also given to the Prosecutor General's Office.

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