Dzerzhinsky is a good example of rural and agricultural modernization, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he visited the enterprise on 21 August.
At the enterprise the head of state, first of all, asked about the number of employees. He also asked if any workers want to go on strike. The President was informed that Agrokombinat Dzerzhinsky has over 4,000 employees and that there are no protesters at the enterprise. “That’s right, it is necessary to work. If they go on strike, they will grow neither chicken nor cows,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
In his words, such agricultural holding companies should be the locomotive of the agricultural industry because they support weaker farms. “And then we will forget that we need to support anybody,” the head of state said. “This is a good enterprise, a good place. Good job!”
At the enterprise the President was informed about the progress in the harvesting campaign. Agriculture and Food Minister Ivan Krupko told the President that the harvesting was completed on 91% of land. The harvest makes up almost 7.5 million tonnes. According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, it is essential to start the sowing campaign on time. “Fortunately, we have everything to start sowing on time,” he said.
The head of state was also informed about the economic and financial standing of the enterprise, the construction of new facilities on the territory of Agrokombinat Dzerzhinsky. In January-July 2020, the gross agricultural output increased by 4.8% over the same period of the previous year. Agrokombinat Dzerzhinsky’s export went up 14% to exceed $20 million in the same period. The company’s proceeds soared by 8.4% to Br180.8 million over the same period of 2019. The average profitability of Agrokombinat Dzerzhinsky was 15.4%.
According to Director General of Agrokombinat Dzerzhinsky Vladimir Lukyanov, the construction of three dairy farms, a few poultry farms, aviaries, a turkey meat production and processing facility is currently in progress.
Aleksandr Lukashenko toured the workshops of the enterprise, inspected production processes, met with the employees of the agricultural company, and carried out a tasting of meat products.
Addressing the workers of the enterprise, the head of state said that he came to Agrokombinat Dzerzhinsky to relax his mind and to learn more about the company’s development prospects. “Some time ago your directors asked for support and help, especially for additional land resources, as they wanted to ramp up the production of fodder. Decisions were made. I see that today your company accounts for almost a half of the region’s output; tomorrow you will monopolize the entire republic,” the President said. “Salaries increased in the past years, your output is huge today. But the main thing is that your products sell well.”