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Lukashenko praises hardworking Belarusian agricultural workers

TOLOCHIN DISTRICT (BelTA) – During the working trip to Tolochin District, Vitebsk Oblast on 13 October Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko was made familiar with prospects of development of the country's potato farming industry, BelTA has learned.

The head of state visited the Tolochin canning factory. The company has been mastering new technologies for growing, processing, and storing potatoes for the last few years.

After visiting the company's farmlands Aleksandr Lukashenko was made familiar with how potato harvesting is organized and with the operation of Belarusian agricultural machines and vehicles. Aleksandr Lukashenko also talked to farm machinery operators, discussed advantages and shortcomings of the agricultural machines as well as field work with them. The company's director Anatoly Anyukhovsky noted that such workers take care of virtually all the work and have to work seven days a week during the busy season. “We will handle everything. One cannot but accomplish everything with this kind of people. They are genuinely hardworking farmers,” he stated.

Aleksandr Lukashenko noted: “If we had that kind of people in Minsk, we would be the richest ones.”

Aleksandr Lukashenko also visited the potato storage facility of the Tolochin canning factory. The complex of installations that includes machines for washing, dry peeling, and prepackaging potatoes was commissioned in 2015. The potato storage facility is automated. The building was erected using a Dutch technology.

The head of state was made familiar with the technology used to prepare potatoes for storage. He also examined the company's product lineup. The company's director Anatoly Anyukhovsky said the company intends to build another potato storage facility. Aleksandr Lukashenko promised support if the company needs it. “A storage facility is a sacred place. You shouldn't plant potatoes if you have nowhere to store it,” he said.