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05 July 2022, 12:36

Lukashenko views loss of grain during harvesting as economic sabotage

MINSK, 5 July (BelTA) – The current harvesting campaign must proceed with the highest level of organization and discipline. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement during a government conference involving senior officials of the Council of Ministers. Oblast governors were also invited to attend the meeting in order to discuss progress of the ongoing harvesting campaign, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “I've noted many times that the food market situation offers a chance to earn a profit. This is why the current harvesting campaign must proceed with the highest level of organization and discipline.”

Aleksandr Lukashenko recalled a conversation during his recent working trip to Orsha District: it is inadmissible to slow down the harvesting of forage as a solid foundation of the animal husbandry industry. “I mean primarily the second grass cutting. I know it from my own experience. I now observe and have started cutting down grass on effectively inconvenient soils, on sands. And the grass is good. The second cutting on normal soils produces excellent grass. I'll tell you like a peasant: die trying but gather in this grass, wrap it up in film or put it in a trench if you want so that you would have something to feed the cattle in winter,” the head of state explained.

The president said: “The quality of harvesting of headed cereals, colza, and corn must be exemplary! All the issues have been addressed. Fuel, machines, fertilizers. Everything is available. Start working now. And don't go around with a hat in hand. I am warning the governors. There must be rock-solid control over the quality of harvesting. The Agriculture and Food Ministry and other controllers.”

“Losses are unacceptable. Do you understand how much money is lost when one million tonnes is lost? You can earn $0.5 billion. Our aid to agriculture is less than your losses in the field, particularly colza losses. You have to tune the harvesters in a way so as not to lose colza. It is a huge amount of money,” he stressed.

Aleksandr Lukashenko warned: “Loss of grain in the field will be considered at least as an economic diversion and at most as a crime. No more joking.”

He said he wanted the workforce fully mobilized: “No slackness and eye washing. Total teamwork and order. Mind you, according to wartime laws. A hybrid war is in progress. Mass media, diplomacy, finance, economy – everything is utilized. And military provocations have started. Get mobilized. If we have something in store, we will endure any war, god forbid, certainly. This is why I am asking you earnestly in order to avoid unpleasant talks later on. Everyone must get down to harvesting starting next week.”

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