MINSK, 26 July (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko gave instructions to ensure sufficient stocks of agricultural products as he spoke at a conference to discuss the progress in the harvest campaign on 26 July, BelTA has learned.
“Another important issue is to process and store agricultural products. I am talking about the so-called stabilization funds. We are having this conversation for the sake of gathering the harvest, storing the necessary amount of products and, as we say, putting these products into the stabilization funds for the winter. And not just for the winter. If there is a good harvest of crops, we should ensure stocks,” the president said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko is confident that global prices for agricultural products will continue growing, and therefore it is important to provide reserves to sell products on the domestic market at acceptable prices during the off-season: “Believe me, next year and even in two-years' time the grain of the current season will be much more expensive. The price for grain and other agricultural products will increase significantly. Therefore, if possible, we should ensure stocks for the winter, so that in winter and spring our people could get the necessary agricultural products at acceptable prices. We need stabilization funds, especially in Minsk and regional cities.”