ORSHA, 15 June (BelTA) – Orsha Meat Canning Plant needs a smart and rational approach to modernization, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he visited the plant in Orsha on 15 June, BelTA has learned.
When touring the plant, Aleksandr Lukashenko asked about the manufacturing process in the new shop and the use of the old production and utility buildings. The president was informed that these buildings will be demolished, part of the grounds will be handed over to the city.
"We need a smart approach. First of all, you need to think whether you need these grounds in the future or not,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed. “We can turn this place around. The baby food workshop, as I have been told, is good. Let's keep strong walls, mount the equipment, if necessary, and put veverything to good use. We need to approach this thriftily, smart," he said.
The president was told that the new workshop will be more than just a part of the production chain. In fact, it will house two meat-processing plants under one roof. According to acting Director General Maksim Bakurov, the project is unique for the country. The production capacity of the new workshop will be twice as high as the plant's current capacity. Every detail has been carefully crafted out to ensure that the quality of products meets the most discerning customer.
The president was interested in the availability of raw materials for the new workshop. The head of state was told that the work with raw material zones had begun in advance. The share of domestic raw materials is expected to account for 75-80% of the plant's total raw materials by the end of 2022.
The president also asked about the sales. Acting Director General Maksim Bakurov said that the plant meets the local demand for canned baby food. However, it is difficult to compete in price and quality with Russian producers, for example. The acting director general is convinced that the construction of modern pork and cattle processing workshops will significantly improve the situation.
The head of state toured the facilities under construction at the plant, visited the canned baby food production shop and the warehouse. Here again the topic of sales surfaced again. The company complained that some retail chains charge slotting fees to secure a place on their shelves. The president demanded to sort the situation out and remove all difficulties.