Working trip to Vetka District of Gomel Oblast
Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko paid a working viist to Vetka District, Gomel Oblast on 25 July.
The head of the state got familiar with the progress in the social and economic development of Gomel Oblast and Vetka District, the
development prospects of the Belorusneft-Osobino
Oblast is on track to meet five out of seven key indicators of social
and economic development. The region is lagging behind the gross
regional product target. The GRP increased by 0.5% in H1 while the
target was 1.5%. The situation with contaminated oil and also the
problems on the Belarusian section of the Druzhba oil pipeline were
among the reasons. The region plans to accelerate and meet the
development targets by the end of the year. Better performance of
Gomselmash is expected to contribute to the effort.
regard to the situation in Vetka District, the agricultural sector is
underperforming, falling short of last year’s indices. Local authorities
see livestock loss as one of the reasons. The President, however, is
convinced that the problem is more complex and livestock loss is the
result not the cause. It can be addressed through strict technology
compliance, timely forage harvest.
The President said to take the problem of livestock loss under strict
will say it again: the government will be held responsible for
livestock loss. Some 85,000 head, I think, was lost last year. Can you
imagine how much meat that would have been,” the President said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko instructed the General Prosecutor’s Office to keep a
close eye on the issue. “This is unacceptable. Poor-quality fodder or
other excuses. This is sheer complacency. Sort this out,” the head of
Aleksandr Lukashenko also inquired about the prospects for development of the
Belorusneft-Osobino company. It is one of the major GDP-generating
companies in Grodno Oblast in the production of poultry, grain and
rapeseed. It operates a full production cycle. Aleksandr Lukashenko got
acquainted with the work of one of its production facilities in Vetka
District. The company has two more facilities, the main of which is
located in Buda-Koshelevo District.
During his visit to a poultry farm of Belorusneft-Osobino
Lukashenko instructed to work out a development strategy for the
Belarusian agricultural machinery company Gomselmash as he visited the
manufacturing workshop Novoselki of the poultry farm at the
for Gomselmash, I instruct Turchin [First Deputy Prime Minister] to get
involved and sort things out. Gomselmash has always been important for
the country. Some 20-25 years ago they tried to persuade me that we did
not need harvesters and that Gomselmash needed to be sold. Today we can
see that this is a good school. Today we will see a new harvester
developed within the past year or two. This is a good team of
scientists, designers. We cannot destroy this school. We need this
equipment,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.
to the President, it is necessary to secure the company’s profitable
work as soon as possible: “We need Gomselmash back in the black next
First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Turchin told the
head of state that the company is going through a financial audit and is
gradually reducing its backlogs. Different concepts for Gomselmash
development are under consideration. “We will need to discuss the
development strategy with you later,” he added.
problem. Let’s discuss it. I have already told you that this company
needs young people in its management,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
Acting Gomel Oblast Governor, First Vice Governor
Gennady Solovei briefed the President that 2,000 large families will be
provided with new homes in 2019. The total number of large families in
Gomel Oblast is about 5,700-5,800. “We will continue working on this
matter as we need to provide such families with new homes. We are also
mulling over housing construction projects in rural areas,” he said.
Lukashenko suggested building more housing for large families in small
towns and agro-towns. According
head of state, small towns provide a better living
environment for large families. “This benefits the state and children,"
The head of the state explained that this housing policy will contribute to the
distribution of workforce across the country. “Large families have three
to five children. Some even more,” he added.
Lukashenko also got familiar with the ongoing harvest
campaign in Vetka District at the example of the Raduga-Agro farm. The
development prospects of the company were also discussed during a visit
to the Raduga-Agro farm where the President met with Gomselmash
Director General Aleksandr Novikov.
“The company staff is ready to work. The only issue is floating assets,” the Gomselmash head said.
Lukashenko stressed that the government can provide some assistance to
the company. “If you sell some hundred harvesters tomorrow and
contribute something to the bank or to the budget, we will provide you
with funds. We will not let anyone destroy Gomselmash. Gomselmash, MAZ,
BelAZ, Amkodor, and other companies, including private firms, are all
Belarusian major brands. They must produce results,” he said.
the field the President got acquainted with the progress in the harvest
and with the new gas-fueled tracked and semi-tracked harvester by
Gomselmash. The head of state talked to the machine operators and asked
about advantages and disadvantages of the new machine. Aleksandr
Lukashenko was told that it does not yield in terms of technical
characteristics and power capacities to regular machines of the same
environmental class. Yet it is more expensive, by about 30%.
President asked whether it is possible to reduce production costs. The
company is working on this, his interlocutors said. More so, when the
harvester goes into mass production, the price will definitely go down.
Lukashenko saw the new harvester back in August of last year as he
visited Gomselmash. This machine is slightly more expensive in
comparison with traditional analogues but allows saving on fuel costs,
on average by half. Designers believe that the new harvester will find
its customers in the Russian market. In addition, it is environmentally
then Aleksandr Lukashenko took interest in the new farm machine and
asked to make several harvesters by the following harvest campaign to
test them in the field.
head of state visited the Vetka Children's and Youth Sport
School to see the infrastructure of its swimming pools commissioned in
May 2018. Aleksandr Lukashenko was also briefed on the delivery of
healthcare to the people living in the Chernobyl-affected regions.
After visiting Vetka, the head of state looked at harvesting operations from the air. The President's helicopter flew over the areas affected by the Chernobyl disaster. The situation was seen very well from the air. After that, the President headed for the country’s eastern regions up to Vitebsk Oblast.
It noted that the inspection was the logical continuation of the session to discuss harvesting that took place two days before. On 25 July Aleksandr Lukashenko had a great opportunity to see the harvesting situation first hand in three regions of the country.