GORKI, 7 September (BelTA) - Belarus and Russia need to join efforts in the agricultural sector and be more proactive in order to stay current and ensure the food security of the Belarus-Russia Union State, Alexander Popkov, the Chairman of the Regional Policy and Local Self-Government Commission of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus, said at the international conference “The Union State agricultural policy: experience, problems and prospects” in the town of Gorki, Belarus on 7 September.
“Only by aligning our interests, by identifying specific areas of work, we will be able to become are a power not afraid of any third-party sanctions. Development of innovative animal production systems and breeding genetic centers should become an important area of work in this respect,” Alexander Popkov said.
The second area we should focus on is the design of machine systems for agricultural purposes of the Union State as the basis for implementing advanced resource- and energy-saving technologies in agriculture, Alexander Popkov said. “We live in the zone of the non-black earth soil and therefore need to work hard to ensure the harvests that will provide the solution to many issues, including the problem of import substitution. “Industrial enterprises of Belarus and Russia produce good farming equipment. But we are lagging behind in terms of information technology and precision farming. Meanwhile the available scientific potential of both countries is not used to the full,” Alexander Popkov noted.
He also called to make personnel training for the agricultural sector more efficient. This should be done through the development of professional and higher education systems in the Union State that would meet the requirements of modern agricultural industry, he suggested.
The participants of the event will prepare the proposals for the final document of the Fifth Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia due in Mogilev on 10-12 October.