At a meeting devoted to the agricultural industry’s problems and prospects, the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has demanded a report on the real state of affairs in agriculture. Several decrees were adopted last year, aiming to improve the situation. Mr. Lukashenko noted, “We agreed with the officials in charge of the agricultural branch that, if I signed 3-5 decrees, then the situation in agriculture would improve. Now, we need to see whether agriculture is working successfully. I’d like to hear about progress and what should be done to change the situation for the better.”
Sowing time opens field seasonPresident Lukashenko underlined the enormous financial resources being invested in agriculture and the state’s desire to see a corresponding return in all spheres of the agrarian and industrial complex. The Head of State stressed, “As agreed, we’ll consider strategic questions of agro-development, following the results of the first quarter, in April, in the Vitebsk, Mogilev and Brest regions, where there are new governors. Perhaps, they will be more frank, admitting to the problems which exist, and for which they are not to blame.”
Questions of late payment came under discussion, alongside issues relating to the running of agricultural enterprises, the observance of technological and administrative discipline, and the current sowing campaign. The President gave a number of commissions on the appropriate operation of sowing, taking into account weather conditions.
By Veniamin Mikheev