Time has come to buy
The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has confirmed Belarus’ intention to purchase Russian Rostselmash, which specialises in the manufacture of agricultural machinery
By Vladimir Mitrokhin
According to the Head of State, he discussed this issue at a recent meeting with Russia’s Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev. “I told him that we want to buy Rostselmash. We have good experimental models and can fine-tune them if necessary, setting up a powerful holding company producing combine harvesters for the entire Union State,” notes Mr. Lukashenko.
The President emphasises that Belarus can guarantee the quality of its machinery and has instructed assessment and improvement (where necessary) after the ongoing harvest. “We need to enhance three good harvester models for fields with high, medium and low yields. Quality is vital to withstand competition,” underlines the Belarusian leader. “The same is true of grain transportation machines: MAZ and other vehicles. We need to have another look and improve our farm machinery. Russia is going to buy a great deal,” he adds.
Acting Agriculture and Food Minister of Belarus Leonid Marinich informed the Head of State that Belarus needs to drastically change the structure of its harvester fleet, to accommodate rising crop yields. The average grain harvesting period could be reduced from today’s 22 days to just 15, which would aid effective storage and save considerably on costs (for fuel and component parts) while enhancing efficiency overall.