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Lukashenko confirms Belarus’ intention to buy Rostselmash

KAMENETS DISTRICT, 27 July (BelTA) – President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has confirmed Belarus’ intention to purchase Russian agricultural equipment company Rostselmash during his working trip to Brest Oblast, BelTA has learnt.

According to the head of state, he discussed this matter at the recent meeting with Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. “I told him that we want to buy Rostselmash, we have good experimental models. We suggested fine-tuning them if necessary and setting up a powerful holding company producing combined harvesters for the entire Union State,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

The President emphasized that Belarus can guarantee the quality of its machinery. Therefore, Alexander Lukashenko made an instruction to assess and fine-tune if needed Belarus-made harvesters after the ongoing harvesting period: “We need to enhance three good harvester models meant for fields with high-, medium- and low yield”.

“Quality is all-important. Otherwise, we will not withstand competition. The same pertains to grain transportation machines: MAZ machines and other vehicles. We need to have another look and improve our farm machines. Russia is going to buy a lot of farm machinery anyways,” the President said.

Acting Agriculture and Food Minister of Belarus Leonid Marinich told the head of state that Belarus needs to drastically change the structure of the harvester fleet to accommodate the increased crop yield. As a result, the average grain harvesting period will decrease from 22 to 15 days. This will allow preserving the harvested crops and save considerably on fuel, component parts and enhance the overall efficiency of the agricultural industry.