Working trip to Minsk District
President Aleksandr Lukashenko believes that Belarus will be able to
harvest 10.5 million tonnes of grain, including corn, this year. The
head of state voiced his projections as he was inspecting Minsk District
on 8 August.
and Food Minister Ivan Krupko told the President that about 61% of land
had been harvested in Belarus so far. The average yield was 38.2
centners per hectare. In his words, the country is expected to harvest
8.2-8.3 million tonnes of cereals and 800,000 tonnes of rapeseed.
Lukashenko added that 1.5 million tonnes of corn should also be
harvested. “If we harvest 10.5 million tonnes, this will be enough for
now to feed the livestock and partly provide for the Belarusian National
Biotechnology Corporation,” the head of state said.
president believes that the rapeseed yield should be increased by
several percents. “Rapeseed means money. We need to promote rapeseed
oil. Rapeseed is a medicine, especially here. We sell it all over the
world, while here we consume sunflower oil. We need to buy our own food
if we want to stay healthy,” he said.
to Aleksandr Lukashenko, cereals should be harvested within the coming
three days. The head of state noted that there is no lack of machinery
at agricultural companies. He emphasized that agricultural machines
should be taken good care of. “The service life of a combine harvester
cannot be shorter than 11-12 years. If you operate it carefully, it can
serve for 15 years, like outside our country,” the President said.
head of state toured the Gastellovskoye agricultural company in Minsk
District. The President was briefed on the progress with harvesting in
the region and the country in general.