Lukashenko sets tasks to boost Belarus' horticulture industry

The conditions Belarus has created make it possible to fully provide the domestic fruit growing sector with its own fruit and berry products, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a government meeting in Grodno Oblast on 18 August. This meeting was organized to discuss the development of gardens and the provision of the domestic market with fruit and vegetable products.

According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, there are gardens in all the regions, but their number is too small. The president has therefore instructed the government and regional executive committees to increase the area of productive varieties of fruit and berry crops and to revive gardens. Funds are regularly allocated from the national budget under the state program Agrarian Business. For example, about Br2 million will be allocated in 2022.

However, garden areas are decreasing annually, the head of state said. If in 2010 the garden areas were 40,500 hectares, there were only 27,000 hectares of them in early 2022. “The area is shrinking, but if we can produce three or four times more goods on the reduced area, the same as in Grodno Oblast, then go ahead. Otherwise, we have to be careful with the areas we have,” the president said.

Technological regulations for cultivation have also been developed. It is just necessary to fulfill them, the president stressed. “Today, we constantly speak about technology. Horticulture, in general, does not tolerate violations of technology. If you fail to do something there, you will get nothing,” he said.

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