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22 February 2024, 19:15

Half of fruit and vegetables grown in Belarus come from Brest Oblast

MINSK, 22 February (BelTA) – Brest Oblast accounts for 50% of all fruit and vegetables grown in Belarus, First Deputy Chairperson of the Agriculture and Food Committee of the Brest Oblast Executive Committee Lyudmila Lyashuk said in the latest episode of BelTA's project The Nation Speaks.

According to Lyudmila Lyashuk, Brest Oblast is the nation’s leading food producer, including Belarus’ main food products – meat and milk. “These are high-quality products, which are further used for processing. As for milk, we have made a serious step forward over the past decade - the output growth amounted to 98%, including 80% of “extra” grade milk. Every year we commission new dairy complexes. Global modernization of production helped us introduce new technologies for 87% of milking stock,” the specialist said.

Lyudmila Lyashuk named the personnel-cows-fodder-comfort principle the formula of Brest Oblast’s success. As for cows, now the potential of the milking herd is 10,000 kilograms of milk yield per year. The region also shows good breeding results.

“To secure genetic potential is only possible with the necessary volume of high-quality fodder. The fodder reserves in the region amount to 33 centners per head,” she said. 

According to Lyudmila Lyashuk, Brest Oblast has a lot to strive for. “If we talk about volumes in general, we produce six times more milk than we can consume in the region. These are real figures for 2022. Last year we grew by almost 10% in milk alone and the figure will be even higher. If we look at vegetable production, 50% of all fruit and vegetables grown in the country come from Brest Oblast,” she said. “This is possible thanks to technology and its mobility.”

Milk and meat processing enterprises of the region are flagships in Belarus both in terms of production and sales. They account for over 40% of the national output of semi-hard cheese, almost half of sausage products (47.3%), a third of whole-milk products (34.9%) and canned meat (27.9%), and a quarter of butter (23.1%).

The capacity of dairies in the region allows processing up to 2.6 million tonnes of milk per year, meat processing plants - up to 180,000 tonnes of livestock.
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