Lukashenko explains Belarus’ decision to suspend grain exports


Alexander Lukashenko during a visit to Minskoblagroservice

MYADEL DISTRICT, Aug. 2 (BelTA) — Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko explained why the country does not plan to export grain while addressing the media in Myadel district on August 2, BelTA learned.

According to the Head of State, it is important to use cereals to manufacture products with high added value. For example, it can be high-quality fodder, which the BNBC is working on. Or again, cereals can be used for the needs of cattle breeding in order to obtain dairy and meat products.

“The main thing is the added value,” said the president.

Furthermore, it also means new jobs, salaries and social services.

“Some states sell a lot of wheat, rye, corn kernels, and then buy milk and meat. We produce cereals and use them for consumption, baking, confectionery and also animal feed,” the president said.

Alexander Lukashenko thinks it is important to increase the number of cows to get more meat and milk. “This is a very important area of ​​our work. Therefore, I see no reason for us to sell grain,” the Belarusian leader said.

He also mentioned buckwheat: “We will harvest about 30,000 to 32,000 tons of buckwheat this year while we need about 25,000 to 27,000 tons for domestic consumption. That means we can sell 3,000 to 5,000 tonnes, but that’s actually very little and I don’t encourage our farmers to do that. We have to feed our people, meet domestic food demand. People from Lithuania, Latvia, Poland come here, they want to buy something. Let them buy it.

“We want our neighbors to see that we are normal people and ready to help when needed. It is important, ”explained the head of state.

He stressed: “We do not plan to sell grain. Tomorrow, she must “produce” milk and meat. The manufacturing base is the main thing for us.

The president suggested creating new businesses and developing their base. “We need to develop land that we could have developed a long time ago. There are a lot of them, abandoned, and there shouldn’t be any abandoned land here. Land reclamation will also help us here, but that is a separate topic of discussion,” the head of state said.

The President also recalled a model dairy complex he had seen during his visit to the Slutsk district earlier. “They [Minskoblagroservice] will build such a dairy complex for this farm. We have to look to the future so that people are satisfied with their jobs. My mother worked on a farm and I can say that this dairy complex is a step towards the future,” said the Head of State.

Journalists asked what disadvantages Aleksandr Lukashenko currently sees in agriculture. “I wish we had more money. If we had more money, I would use it first for land reclamation. We must restore what has been used for decades, including the canals, the drainage,” the head of state said. He added that he would also use funds to help struggling farms.

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