Alexander Lukashenko visited the fields in Mogilev and Vitebsk regions to familiarize with the harvesting campaign process in Belarus on 18 August. The president personally inspected the harvest on the combine.
The Belarusian president came to a wheat field on the ATV and noted that this place is chosen for a visit not by accident.
According to the president, he worked in this field from an early age, and he has two most vivid memories about it.
“First one – when I was leading a horse, weeding a potato field.The field was divided into three parts. It was the noon, the heat was incredible, lots of gadflies and flies … And then I was hilling potato by myself, and the younger cousin was leading the horse,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
The head of state noted that today the presidential field occupies about 500 hectares and some time ago he decided to make this field a kind of experimental to cultivate different crops. Alexander Lukashenko was also briefed on the latest advancements in the sector.
Then Belarusian president wanted to see the harvester in operation. One of the local workers took the driver’s seat, the president’s younger son Nikolai sat beside him. Alexander Lukashenko stood on the platform near the cabin to take a look at the process of work.
“I want to test how this harvester works because our manufacturers often boast that we have as good harvesters as foreign ones. Let’s see it in operation right now and let’s show it to people,” the head of state said.
Alexander Lukashenko also pointed out a big role of harvester operators. “A lot depends on a machinery operator here,” the president noted.
This year, the average yield makes up 36 centners per hectare. Belarus’ grain harvest exceeded over 6 million tonnes by 18 August.