A vehicle for every purpose

Improvements in ago-technical facilities have ensured food safety and brought export revenue from foodstuffs of almost $6 billion a year

During Soviet times, Belarus was well-known for its agricultural machinery. These days, it’s pretty self-sufficient in producing vehicles for fields and farms, as well as other equipment, and even exports two thirds of its industrial agro-production, showing the competitiveness of Belarusian vehicles, as evinced at the recent Belagro Expo, in Minsk.

Improvements in ago-technical facilities have ensured food safety and brought export revenue from foodstuffs of almost $6 billion a year, explained the Deputy Prime Minister, Vladimir Semashko, speaking at the opening of the International Belagro-2015 Specialised Exhibition, hosted by Minsk’s Indoor Football Manege.

According to the Deputy Prime Minister, we must strive to constantly improve our models of machinery, moving forward. He believes that such exhibitions and trade fairs are helpful, in allowing us to show our achievements, and to see those of others.

The Minister of Agriculture and Food, Leonid Zayats, believes that, to compete successfully on the world food market, costs must be minimised and quality improved, while reducing the price for customers.

Gomselmash JSC stand displayed powerful combine harvesters (for grain and laying-in of fodder), as well as the economy-class KZS-5, which processes 2.5-fold less than the basic model, but costs half as much. It’s a good solution for small farms, harvesting around 30 centners of grain per hectare.

Agricultural enterprises growing larger volumes may be interested in an experimental batch of rotor thrashing vehicles, able to work with even the heaviest corn. After the development of full-scale production, the import of combine harvesters will be no longer necessary, according to Konstantin Borisenko, who heads advertising and display of machinery at Gomselmash JSC.

Minsk Tractor Works JSC is keen to promote its 355 horsepower harvester and other heavy vehicles. However, its head of advertising and patents, Sergey Petukhov, believes that the housing and utility sector only needs tractors with 80 horsepower engines, since these are adequate for the level of work required. Purchasing heavier-duty vehicles is unnecessary: a waste of finances.

The Minister of Agriculture of Georgia, Otar Daneliya, also attending the event, praised the Belarusian agricultural machinery on show, noting that small-sized, low capacity vehicles are perfect for his country, where fields tend to be modest in size, and privately owned.

With the latest equipment and technologies on show, including achievements in livestock breeding, and sample testing organised by processing enterprises, the exhibition has proven a great success: informative and inspiring.

25th International Belagro-2015 Specialised Exhibition is located at single Minsk venue for first time in many years: at and around Indoor Football Manege.

502 companies attended from 23 countries. In all, 386 are from Belarus, with the largest expositions from Russia, Germany, Poland and China. As is traditional, the exhibition will be divided into three main components: Belagro-2015, where mechanisation will dominate; Belferma-2015, for livestock; and Belproduct-2015.

There was no demonstration of agricultural machinery this year, as only a handful of people tend to be interested.  A field has been designated for the ploughing competition, featuring teams from every region of the country. A team from the Lipetsk Region of Russia participated in the competition for the first time: the first step in making the contest international.

By Vladimir Khromov
Заметили ошибку? Пожалуйста, выделите её и нажмите Ctrl+Enter