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22 April 2024, 11:03

Lukashenko shares childhood memories with journalists

MINSK, 22 April (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko shared memories of his childhood and his work in the fields as he was taking part in the subbotnik voluntary work day on 20 April. The footage of the conversation with journalists was aired by the Belarus 1 TV channel, BelTA has learned.

“Here is my house. And there [the head of state pointed towards the forest] I went for firewood in winter and summer. Sometimes in winter when we did not have enough firewood, I would walk towards the forest [across the field] with snow above my knees in order to chop dead wood there,” the president said.

Behind the president’s home there are lands where Aleksandr Lukashenko worked in his childhood. “Here there was the first, the second, the third field. In the middle field, my younger cousin and I would plow potato fields. I still remember it. You would follow this plow, with your nose barely visible from behind the plow. In order to earn three rubles a day and buy something for school. Some clothes. Therefore, this field, one might say, is watered with my sweat,” the president said.

Now this field is called presidential. On the initiative of Aleksandr Lukashenko, agricultural experiments are carried out there, and if an experiment is a success,  it is scaled up within the region and the country. The president knows the characteristics of the local soil down to the smallest detail, and, when visiting his native land, he can check on it throughout the year.

Aleksandr Lukashenko raised the topic of domestic and foreign seeds. By the way, this same topic was discussed a couple of days earlier at the meeting to discuss the state and prospects of the agricultural sector.

“If we take grain yield, according to scientists, our corn differs from imported one by three to four centners per hundered. This is nothing. And if you factor in that foreign seeds are 10 times more expensive, then imports become unprofitable,” the head of state told the journalists.
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