Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko met with officials on 9 March to receive their report on the forest clean-up following the January storm, BelTA has learned.
The head of the state said that the corresponding tasks were set before the government and local authorities. The State Control Committee was to supervise the process.
“The task was to clean up forests as soon as possible and complete it in winter. The swampiness of the forests is big and groundwater stands high. It is not always possible to reach these areas in spring, let alone in summer. We must hurry up because all this timber will become unusable. Therefore, we had to quickly eliminate these consequences,” said the head of state.
According to the plans, all harvested timber must be removed to the roads by 15 March so that it can be handled in the spring and summer period.
“Timber is the most valuable resource for our country. Whatever sanctions are imposed against us, there is not enough timber worldwide. It will be in demand both in the European Union and our southern neighbors,” the Belarusian leader stressed.
He emphasized that the financial results of the processing and getting maximum profit are also of high importance.