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Belarus President against importing mineral fertilizers

KHOINIKI, 26 April (BelTA) – President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko is absolutely against importing mineral fertilizers. Alexander Lukashenko made the relevant statement during the working trip to Gomel Oblast on 26 April, BelTA has learned.

The head of state believes that Belarusian enterprises are capable of providing the agriculture with the necessary amount of mineral fertilizers. “I am totally against importing mineral fertilizers from abroad,” said Alexander Lukashenko. “Go there and talk to specialists on site in order not to remove foreign currency from the country,” the President instructed Vice Premier Mikhail Rusyi.

The head of state was informed about the overall progress of the spring sowing campaign in the country. According to Agriculture and Food Minister Leonid Zayats, all the oblasts have started the sowing campaign. Work is in progress to fertilize winter crops, prepare the soil, sow early spring cereal and leguminous crops, sugar beet, flax, and corn. However, the work done so far is slightly less than last year’s due to the soil being saturated with water. The work is intensive in Brest Oblast, Gomel Oblast, Minsk Oblast, and Grodno Oblast thanks to the faster release of the fields from snow and soil readiness. Leonid Zayats underlined that it is technically possible to accomplish the sowing campaign within the shortest time. There are no problems with the availability of fuel and mineral fertilizers. According to the Agriculture and Food Minister, all the sowing operations are more organized this year. The sowing of headed crops is expected to complete by 3-4 May. As far as corn is concerned, it will be sown by 15 May.

Alexander Lukashenko had a keen interest in the melioration of lands and the proper control over the treatment of the lands reclaimed for crop rotation.

The head of state was also informed about the social and economic development of Gomel Oblast.