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Lukashenko: We have to show everyone that we have a country and we will run it

SOLIGORSK ( BelTA) – Summing up results of the nationwide seminar-conference held on 22 September to discuss the development of the cattle breeding industry, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko formulated key guidelines for the industry, BelTA has learned.

Cleaning up the country and in particular, agriculture

As a rule, top officials of the Prosecutor General's Office and the State Control Committee also present their reports during such conferences. They report shortcomings and facts of mismanagement and at times criminal activities.

“They could spice things up for you here but we understand ourselves that agribusiness suffers from the loss of cattle, underperformance, mismanagement, poor discipline, and personnel shortages. It has already been noted. But I simply warn you: I have instructed the internal affairs minister, the prosecutor general, and chairman of the State Control Committee to put things in order in the country and primarily in agriculture,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.

Summing up results of the conference, the head of state stressed that it is abnormal that authorities on the ground make decisions but these decisions are not fulfilled. “This is why I simply warn you as a friend: law enforcement and oversight agencies will bring crazy pressure to bear during the winter housing season. Don't take offense,” the president said.

At the same time the head of state addressed law enforcement and oversight agencies with a request: before reporting new facts of mismanagement to the president, they have to discuss the uncovered issues with the oblast governors.

Dairy complexes and pig breeding complexes

Aleksandr Lukashenko also reminded about his previous instruction for the animal husbandry industry: it is necessary to transfer cattle into modern dairy complexes within five years.

“The dairy complexes where we make milk as a raw material for making products (we are famous for it) should be in an ideal state. We have good complexes. You should visit them and learn how things should be done. We will support it. But it doesn't mean that we are going to waste money. No, we will approach the matter carefully,” the president pointed out.

The head of state intends to get familiar with cattle fattening procedures in detail. As an example he mentioned the state agricultural enterprise Kolkhoz Rodina in Belynichi District. The enterprise has worked out an effective system.

The construction of pig breeding complexes will also continue in the country. “Certainly, we will support you but everyone should pitch in: banks, company money, and budget money. We have to resolve the problem fast,” the Belarusian leader noted.

Work with personnel, salaries for specialists, contract-based education

Aleksandr Lukashenko drew attention to support for qualified workers of agricultural enterprises. The president wants them to have decent salaries and housing.

“As for personnel. Work out any measures you deem necessary by the end of the year. Determine the fund of salaries for executives and specialists. You have to pay specialists well. We hold primarily specialists accountable for results. They represent a small number of people on the scale of a district or an oblast. Personnel underpins everything,” the head of state said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko also reminded about the work with contract students. He stressed that employer-sponsored education contracts should be signed with promising kids. The requirement applies not only to agriculture. “There should be no kidding about it,” he remarked.

Discipline and generals on the ground

Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed: “Our key problem lies in basic things: in discipline. Discipline is more than thumping the table with your fist. You can thump the table when you have a system in place. But if you have no sensible system for doing business and managing things, then what good would thumping do? Nobody will understand it. Heads of city, district, and oblast administrations have to work together to work out a clear-cut system and act without waiting for instructions from someone else. If you make errors… Just don't make fatal errors. One can always excuse a person for an error if the person tries to do good. But if someone sits idle and doesn't know what to do or knows what to do but doesn't do it, then why would we need such an executive? This is why act. You are generals on the ground.”

The president remarked that the next few years will not be simple for the power vertical. Particularly for the “troika” in the regions: the president's plenipotentiary for an oblast, the oblast governor, and the president's aide. “You will have to organize election campaigns over there. We have to show everyone that we have a country and we will run this country,” the head of state said.

“Thank you for the meeting. I see that most of you understand me. Act! I urge you to act. Don't stop. If there is a problem, feel free to contact me. You know how,” the head of state concluded.