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30 March 2022, 16:02

Sergeyenko: Situation in potash industry is difficult but not critical

SOLIGORSK, 30 March (BelTA) – The situation in the potash industry is difficult but not critical, Head of the Belarus President Administration Igor Sergeyenko told reporters commenting on the situation in the potash industry after a meeting at the Soligorsk District Executive Committee, BelTA has learned.

“The situation is difficult but not critical. We are looking for solutions. The company is working,” Igor Sergeyenko said talking about Belaruskali.

He noted that today Soligorsk District accounts for a third of the industrial capacity of Minsk Oblast: “Soligorsk is home to Belaruskali that employs 16,500 people. We have to restructure logistics, find other partners because of the sanctions and problems with transportation through the ports of the Baltic states (transportation through Ukraine has also been disrupted). We plan to make a pivot to China and ramp up cooperation with Russia.”

At the same time, the company remains on the growth track; there is no turmoil in the company's team. “It is true, there are certain difficulties. But I would like to note that not only the management of the enterprise, but also the government of our country is working to address emerging issues. Measures are being taken to find alternative markets for the company's products,” Igor Sergeyenko said.

He emphasized that Belarusian potash fertilizers are needed in other countries. “Those politicians who imposed sanctions on Belarus did not think about their people. Sanctions affect not only those countries against who them are imposed, but also those who impose them. Fertilizers are a case in point, especially in the run-up to planting,” Igor Sergeyenko said.

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