Meeting to discuss the agricultural sector of Vitebsk Oblast
President Aleksandr Lukashenko expects that the meeting to discuss the
agricultural sector of Vitebsk Oblast will have far-reaching
should be a great start. We should take a decision on the further
development of Vitebsk Oblast that will lead to its prosperity. We
cannot make mistakes. The time for experiments is over,” the Belarusian
Lukashenko noted that he asked to convene a large meeting. Taking part
in it are high-ranking officials, government members, local executive
officials, including heads of city and district executive committees,
heads of integration associations, processing and agricultural companies
and other organizations.
is a need for a super-large holding company to address the issues in
the agricultural industry of Vitebsk Oblast. “I
have read the draft Decree. The main provisions provide for the radical
restructuring of the entire management system of the agricultural
industry in Vitebsk Oblast. The proposed super-large holding company
will hold two-thirds of its territory,”the head of state noted.
to Aleksandr Lukashenko, there are several integrated agricultural
structures in the form of holding companies in the region. They,
however, have not produced expected results. “With negative experience
across four out of the five holding companies, you still suggest setting
up a super-large holding company. How do I understand this? I am the
one to sign the Decree and be responsible for it. These are huge
expenses,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
region expects great state support under the draft Decree. “But you
tell me no support is needed. Today we must discuss all the issues in
detail to make final decisions,” said the head of state.
President said that modest positive dynamics can be seen as a certain
indicator of the performance of the region’s agricultural industry. The
results of the comprehensive analysis of the situation, however, show
that there are serious problems. “The heads of other regions should not
be complacent. We have the same situation in all eastern regions, both
in Mogilev Oblast and Gomel Oblast. They will also have to take
emergency measures. It is necessary to take both technological and
organizational measures to cope with the problems that exist there,”
said the head of state.
the past five years the agricultural output in Vitebsk Oblast reduced
by almost 2%. “There is complete stagnation here. You are moving in the
wrong direction,” the head of state said.
downward trend in cattle numbers has become persistent. Vitebsk Oblast
shows average daily weight gains lower than any other region of the
country. The region is the only one in the country with the average milk
per cow under 4,000kg. The investment activity is low, export potential
is falling and as a result, the financial condition of enterprises is
deteriorating. The share of loss-making organizations is growing, and
their share is highest among all regions in the country.
is absolutely unacceptable that people suffer from such work (if you
can call it work): sloppiness, mismanagement, and we must be honest,
ineptitude of people themselves. Ineptitude of our subordinates always
starts with us,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “The decline in employment
in the agricultural industry and low wages are no longer surprising. The
Belarusian Statistics Committee informs that 37% of village's workers
(Vitebsk Oblast) are paid less than Br500, and 40 organizations cannot
provide their regular payment.
think that when they say Br500, some farms mean accrued salaries which
they pay in parts, by Br100-150. And then you say you pay an average
salary of Br500?” the President asked a rhetorical question.
the meantime, the leadership of the region has been taking unforgivably
long (more than two years) to develop the road maps on how to correct
the situation” the head of state stressed.
Lukashenko raised a number of fundamental questions for the
participants of the meeting: the reasons why the agricultural sector of
the region has found itself in such a state; whether all the root causes
that led to the current situation have been eliminate; what the
production and technological development strategy is for the holding
company and how accurate it is. “If there is no return from the land:
from farms, machine yards, grain facilities, then no holding company
will save it,” the Belarusian leader said.
also asked whether the financial flows in the proposed holding company
have been calculated, whether they would allow it to function normally,
how the management system would be structured, and whether the powers
and areas of responsibility have been outlined.
the proposed measures enable to finally solve the problems in Vitebsk
Oblast, or is it another state assistance measure in disguise to turn a
blind eye to the violations of technological and management discipline?
If we do not eradicate this mismanagement, no integration structures
will help you,” the President said.