Lukashenko instructed to mobilise people for harvesting crops
During the consideration of personnel issues, the President of Belarus once again drew attention to the need for timely and high-quality harvesting of crops left on the fields. The Head of State stressed that today we are working very seriously with Russia across all areas, including in terms of import substitution. Western companies left the Russian market, an immense market opened up, and all our products – from the military-industrial complex to food products – are in great demand there.
“Please, get involved,” Aleksandr Lukashenko addressed the heads of districts. “We often meet with Russian President, who tells me that they need much of what we can manufacture. Therefore, talks about sanctions, some kind of mobilisation, war, or something else, are not accepted. Forget about this! You must see your area and your people. You must sow in time, make soil tillage in autumn, and prepare for spring sowing.”
Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that today or tomorrow the rains will end, so we need to remove what is left, especially corn for grain, as well as potatoes, sugar beet, and flax. In this regard, the President instructed to mobilise everyone for harvesting work and criticised the statements that somewhere in a secondary school it is forbidden to involve schoolchildren in agricultural works, “I cannot imagine more wildness, Igor Petrovich [Igor Sergeyenko, the Head of the Belarus President Administration]. We somehow try to educate our schoolchildren. How will you educate them? Through idle talks? You will not bring them up via idle talks.”
The President cited Soviet times as an example, when schoolchildren and students were actively harvesting potatoes and other crops, “This brings people together. They understand what it is. Today there are entrepreneurs who are ready to pay decent money for potatoes, apples, and so on but some say it’s ‘exploitation’. Listen, what kind of exploitation if a person goes and works for five or six hours?! Both parents are happy, and their children are in good physical condition. Therefore, mobilise students, workers, civil servants, and other people to help harvest everything, because we can earn decent money. If not now, then in spring.”
Aleksandr Lukashenko also instructed to pay attention to the filling of the so called stabilisation funds, “We must ensure that prices for potatoes, carrots and beets that we produce do not grow exponentially. As far as imported goods are concerned, we will also figure it out. The main thing is that our similar products should be controlled by pricing. So, there is still a lot to do this year. I will ask you to get involved very seriously and finish the agricultural year with dignity.”