Lukashenko calls for focus on farm animal feed safety



POSTAVY DISTRICT, Aug. 5 (BelTA) — Officials will be responsible for the safe storage of animal feed, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said during a working trip to Postavy District, Vitebsk Oblast on August 5, BelTA learned.

The president warned that Agriculture and Food Minister Igor Brylo, who is a veterinarian by profession, will bear personal responsibility for cases of livestock fed with damaged fodder in the country.

Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that there are already cases when haylage was improperly stored in pits and damaged by rains.

“Please look into these cases and keep an eye on this matter. After all, we want to avoid the loss of livestock, don’t we?” declared the Head of State, addressing Deputy Prime Minister Leonid Zayats.

In this regard, the President gave an instruction to the Commissar of Vitebsk Oblast, Speaker of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko: “You are responsible for Vitebsk Oblast. What we need is “Iron discipline! If we need the help of the army, we will involve the army. If we need the help of the police, we will throw all our forces here.”

The Head of State drew attention to a number of other shortcomings he observed locally, including from the helicopter. “There is not a single tractor in the field. There are rolls of straw lying around in places in a field where no one will ever harvest them. Why hasn’t it been chopped, scattered at across the field and plowed? Those are elementary things,” he said.

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