SLUTSK DISTRICT, 29 July (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko gave his take on the price regulation for agricultural products during a working trip to Slutsk District, BelTA has learned.
The head of state noted that in pursuit of the highest possible profit from selling agricultural products, including to foreign markets, one should not forget about the social responsibility, about the need to meet the demand on the domestic market, and the interests of the state that injected significant financial resources into agricultural enterprises.
Heads of some agricultural companies express dissatisfaction with price caps for their products. The president reminded them about the support they received and continue to receive from the government: “I have recently read a document where someone complained about rising prices for veterinary products and something else and about the price caps for foodstuffs. There are people who complain. That specific complaint came from a well-performing company whose head forgot that the whole country contributed to the company's success. We gave less to others in order to give more to him.”
“We need to remind them [such managers] of the main thing. They complain that everything rose in price, and they are not allowed to increase prices for their products. Do they get bonuses? Do they get cheap loans? I have checked: that particular company got loans with the interest rate at 2-3%. We gave them access to markets. But they think too much of themselves saying that they would rather ship these products to Russia and sell them at a higher price. Who cleared the way to the markets for them? The government did. Who negotiated gas prices for them? Do they want to buy gas at $2,500 as in the West?” the president asked.