MINSK, 14 May (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko is touring the farmers' eco-market located in the Valerianovo shopping center in Minsk District, BelTA has learned.
The multifunctional four-story shopping center is located in the village of Valerianovo and covers an area of 20,000 square meters. It was built on the instructions of the head of state on idle premises.
A food market for 140 vendors opened on the ground floor of the building on 7 November 2020. Here Belarusian farmers and other individuals can sell all types of agricultural products all the year round in a comfortable setting. Vendors can take advantage of modern equipment, hot and cold water, electricity and internet.
On the ground floor of the complex there are also stores of domestic manufacturers. There are plans to open a 270-seat food court and a children's play area on the first floor this summer. Brand stores, a large children's center, a complex of consumer services, including a hairdresser, dry cleaning, and clothing repair, are to open here on the second and third floors by the end of this year. Offices are located in a separate wing of the complex.
Aleksandr Lukashenko mentioned this complex in February, as he delivered a report at the 6th Belarusian People's Congress: “If there is a demand for organic food in the world, I support this project. I want to warn the governor against ruining my idea to have a marketplace, the so-called Valerianovo where farmers and other agricultural producers would be able to sell their organic products themselves, and these products would be better than those at the Komarovsky market. It should be an alternative place for farmers, peasants to sell their organic products for a good price.”