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Lukashenko promises continued support to private farmers in Belarus

LOGOISK DISTRICT  (BelTA) – The development of private farming will be further supported in Belarus. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement during the working trip around Minsk Oblast on 29 July, BelTA has learned.

In Logoisk District the head of state visited the farming company Tsnyanskiye Ekoprodukty. The company has achieved high performance results and is vigorously growing. The head of state noted that for the sake of reviving unprofitable or low-profit agricultural enterprises it is necessary to rely on private farmers among other things.

“A third or a quarter of state-run agricultural enterprises underperforms. It is necessary to more widely use private farmers. But it must not be done thoughtlessly. The state should always have a reliable safety cushion,” stated the President. “We have good private farmers, who have earned a good reputation. If they want to, you can give some underperforming enterprises to them. There is no rush to give away the enterprises to foreigners. But if you do, it must be done with conditions. Belarusian agriculture is reaching proper development standards now. Don't lose control over it.”

Alexander Lukashenko noted that working with private owners is sometimes easier than working with state-run enterprises. “But you should bear in mind effectiveness and national food security. I don't think private owners would have been able to revive agriculture ten years ago when we came up with the relevant program,” noted the Belarusian leader.

Evaluating the results achieved by the private farming company, Alexander Lukashenko stressed the utmost importance of having a skilled executive, who can properly organize the business process. The President urged to more actively use the experience of such people for the sake of training promising executive personnel. “An enterprise cannot do well without a good executive. Give me one hundred revolutionary ones and we will turn Belarus around. There are good people. Giving them lands sounds like a good idea. May they work well,” said the head of state.