By Yuri Bestuzhev
The Government is confident that the present financial difficulties in the economy won’t negatively impact the reconstruction and technical modernisation of children’s food producing facilities. It is vital to provide our growing generation with natural ingredients and high quality food meeting dietary needs. Moreover, products must worthily rival imported analogues.
Children’s food produced by food processing companies is to be primarily exported to the CIS: Russia and Kazakhstan in particular. Belgospishcheprom Concern is injecting Br147.5bn for this purpose, with bank loans comprising over half the sum; the remainder is to come from local budgets and the food producers’ innovative fund.
Foreign technological equipment is to be purchased to modernise enterprises making children’s food, with about Br50bn set aside for the imports, which must be paid for in foreign currency. However, all construction and assembly works will use domestically produced materials.
The Children’s Food programme takes into account consumer demand and the need for high quality products, supporting new processing facilities in raising production of liquid milk products for children. Among the largest enterprises wishing to join the programme is Mogilev’s Babushkina Krynka JSC, which plans to double its production of liquid milk products.
The programme also envisages the creation of ecologically friendly zones for the production of raw ingredients. These are to specialise in producing crops and meat for children’s food, with processing enterprises using safe, high quality ingredients meeting the highest standards.