Aleksandr Lukashenko makes working trip to Mogilev Oblast

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Agricultural companies should be provided with the necessary quality forage harvesters. President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko gave the relevant instruction as he visited Shklov District, Mogilev Oblast on 8 July.

Visiting the agricultural company OAO Alexandriyskoye, the President was made familiar with modern technologies, Belarus-made and imported machines used to harvest grass forage. “This season we have to make our minds and certainly it is desirable to produce the entire range of the necessary machines. We should harvest quality forage. It is up to practical people to decide how to go about achieving that but we should offer a rational economic variant to them. We should count money and make optimal, rational, and economic machines,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The head of state underlined that the quality of manufactured machines was his primary concern: “We don’t need sloppy workmanship”. The President urged Agriculture and Food Minister Leonid Zayats to be very thorough about that matter and avoid buying dubious-quality hardware for agricultural enterprises.

Aleksandr Lukashenko was informed about the progress of grass forage harvesting in Mogilev Oblast and Belarus as a whole. The President said that the quality of the work, the observance of the necessary technologies, deadlines, labor discipline were the matter of utmost importance because in the end the state of forage influences the health of animals and their productivity. “We need quality forage and you, Alexander Serafimovich [Yakobson, Chairman of the State Control Committee], should keep an eye on it,” the head of state said.

In Krugloye District the President visited the Khrapy dairy farm affiliated with ASB-Agro Teterino where he discussed the state of efforts to fulfill the presidential instruction to renovate 1,208 dairy farms in Belarus. Agriculture and Food Minister of Belarus Leonid Zayats informed that only 362 facilities have been commissioned by now, while the upgrade of the remaining 846 farms is still ongoing. “The task is quite challenging, but feasible. We believe the farms will become operational by 1 October 2013. The upgrade works of many farms are nearing completion,” the minister said. He complained of some lack of financial and labor resources.

The head of state told the officials involved that the capacities of the dairy farms should be used to the fullest. “There should not be a single vacant livestock stand. These farms should operate at the maximum of their capacity, which should result in the increase in livestock population and milk production,” the President said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko was informed about milk production dynamics. Positive trends have emerged after some setback. The production is to expand by several percent by the yearend.

On 9 July the head of state is expected to continue his working trip to Mogilev Oblast.