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Belarusian farmers urged to perform better

IVATSEVICHI DISTRICT, 2 December (BelTA) – Return on investments in the Belarusian agriculture should be higher, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko during his working trip to Ivatsevichi District, Brest Oblast on 2 December.

“Now we have the right to force agriculture to be more efficient,” said the President.

Visiting a dairy farm of the agricultural enterprise Svyataya Volya, the head of state remarked that he had not come to see whether this particular dairy farm had been built well. “We have invested enough money in agriculture. But so far it has failed to reach the assigned goals every year. You’ve been always 1.5-2% under what you could have done,” stated the President although he admitted that sometimes goals were set a bit too high.

The head of state said: “You are not likely to achieve 8% but 5.5-6% should be secured every year”.

Alexander Lukashenko he wanted every agricultural enterprise to use its own funds to rebuild and upgrade one farm up to modern standards in 2012. It will be a total of about 1,200-1,300 farms across the country, said the President.

“It is one of the most important matters and a task for 2012 for you [oblast governors], too. Those, who fail to accomplish the task, will no longer be a governor,” warned Alexander Lukashenko.

He remarked that setting up a large farm for 800 or 1,200 head of cattle was not the idea. Make it 600 head, Alexander Lukashenko told Brest Oblast Governor Konstantin Sumar.

“I should have the lists on my desk. The State Control Committee and assistants will examine all these farms so that you would not submit a farm that is already ready into the lists,” said the President.

“If we don’t do it, we will waste ten five-year terms more on agriculture and farm modernization,” stressed the Belarusian leader.

Speaking about the reconstruction and modernization of farms, Alexander Lukashenko said that simple decisions were not an option. In particular, Konstantin Sumar had said that several facilities were being reconstructed and milk delivery lines were being installed. “It might happen that a miser pays twice if we spend money on milk delivery lines now while we will have to demolish then a year or two later and build milking rooms,” said the head of state.

“God forbid, you fail to fulfill my instruction [to upgrade farms]. I say it for everyone. I understand that it is an extremely difficult task but we have to do it at any cost,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

He also added that no money will be allocated for new construction projects if the instruction is not fulfilled. “We’d rather invest the money in production sector or other spheres,” added the head of state.