Forestry named second most important industry for Belarus after agriculture

Monday, 27 April 2015 16:00  |  Written by  BelTA

The forestry industry is the second most important branch for Belarus after agriculture, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said during the visit to the Kozyri forest area in Logoisk District on 26 April, BelTA has learned.

“Forests give resources to us. Let's us rely on these resources and do something. Are there any issues with rural areas today? No. Farmers sow and gather crops efficiently. Are there issues with the forestry industry? Forestry Ministry Mikhail Amelyanovich got the equipment he asked for,” the head of state said.

The President pointed out once again the importance of forest resources for Belarus. “Agriculture and forests give a lot of resources to us. We should use them. For example, Finland's economy relies on it,” Alexander Lukashenko noted.

The head of state stressed that the Forestry Minister has necessary authorities. ”We have given everything he needs to solve issues in the forestry industry. He has all he authorities. Forests are very important for us,” the President said.

Talking to Mikhail Amelyanovich, the head of state mentioned the use of specialized equipment in the forest areas polluted by radiation. “All forest areas in Gomel Oblast and Mogilev Oblast use such equipment. It is used in all 47 polluted areas,” the minister said. Mikhail Amelyanovich also noted that only 2% of timber Is polluted in these districts. Other materials can be utilized.

There are 97 forest companies in Belarus. The Minister confirmed that the country has enough forest resources to produce sufficient amount of timber. Mikhail Amelyanovich noted that there were disputes about what logging equipment to use. They decided to use handling equipment in stead of chainsaws. This decision helped raise the efficiency of the industry.

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