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MIL OSI – Source: President of the Republic of Belarus – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Report on measures taken to finish harvest camping

23 October 2017

The harvest campaign should be finished in
Belarus by 7 November, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as heard out
a report on the measures taken to finish the harvest camping in the country and
the proposals to improve the cultivated land structure in Vitebsk Oblast on 23
October.The head of state asked about
the topical aspects of agricultural development in the country and suggested
taking a broader look at this issue. “This is important not only in production
but also in people’s lives, i.e. in the social aspect,” Alexander Lukashenko
explained.He paid special attention to
need to finish the harvest campaign. It was remarked that in general it proceeds
on schedule but it is essential to speed up in certain fields. “I want this job
to be done by 7 November,” the President said.The next stage should be the preparations for the spring sowing
campaign. The future harvest will depend on its efficiency, Alexander Lukashenko
remarked. “Right now the work in this field is not organized well,” he said. “It
is essential to start preparing the land today.”It is essential to revise approaches in agriculture in Vitebsk
Oblast, Alexander Lukashenko said. “Vitebsk Oblast is a very sensitive issue in
our country. We need to carry out a serious reform in Vitebsk Oblast’s
agricultural industry. We have agreed to begin with the cultivated land
structure. It is necessary to change approaches in agriculture in Vitebsk Oblast
in a radical way,” the President remarke said.In this context, the head of state asked about the progress in the
field and the measures that the region is going to take next year to improve the
situation. “We must solve this issue once and for all. The cultivated land
structure and the focus on the structure of agricultural production are
especially important. It is needed to decide what we will produce there (milk,
beef, pork, poultry) taking into account the climatic conditions in Vitebsk
Oblast and land fertility, the level of farming and agriculture in general.
Personnel issues are especially important,” the President said.He demanded objective reports without attempts
to conceal problems and present issues in a favorable light. “You will not
improve the situation with your reports on the gross output of certain products.
Money is the main thing. It is good when the production is profitable and you
are able to earn money. If you cannot do it, do not tell me about the livestock
weight gain and the quality of milk. But for this purpose it is essential to
improve production management. But it is not my function to operate the
production process. Governors should be in charge of it, and you should get
information. Efficiency is a priority,” Alexander Lukashenko concluded.

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