MINSK, 23 July (BelTA) – At a nationwide conference on harvesting on 23 July, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko unveiled plans to visit Gomel Oblast in the near future to discuss, among other things, agricultural development of this region, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko recalled that it was not the first time he urged the regional authorities to revise the structure of cropping area in view of the climate change. “Start planning what you will plant and where. Everything should be done in time,” the president said.
“I will be there in the near future. Get ready, we will discuss these matters,” the head of state said addressing the Gomel Oblast governor. The Belarusian leader said that during the trip to Gomel Oblast he wants to hear about plans for the future rather than about progress with harvesting.
During the nationwide conference, Aleksandr Lukashenko asked about the rapeseed yield in Gomel Oblast. The head of state was told that the yield was 10.7 centners per hectare. “These are losses. If rapeseed does not grow well, stop planting it,” the president said.
“These days there are no loss-making crops in Gomel Oblast, but there is blatant disregard for production discipline and the wrong choice of soil,” Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized.
The yield of grain crops in Gomel Oblast is under 25 centners per hectare. “This is not okay, therefore today we should decide what to do tomorrow. Corn is the only way to replenish the stocks of grain reserves,” the president believes. He added that the supply of protein for cattle and poultry depends on the quality of corn harvesting.
The head of state set a number of tasks for government agencies and regional authorities. In particular, he urged to pay serious attention to the quality of harvesting and machinery maintenance, and the need to replenish the fodder reserve.More about President