THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS VISITED THE ENTERPRISES OF SERVOLUX GROUP OF COMPANIES
The President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko made a working visit to Smolevichi District, Minsk Region, where he visited two enterprises of Servolux Group of Companies: a commercial dairy farm and a new meat processing plant.
The visit began with Mgle CDF, branch of Smolevichi Dairies of Smolevichi Broiler OJSC.
The President familiarized himself with the modern technology of cattle breeding and keeping. The uniqueness of the approach of Servolux lies in the philosophy of humane attitude and comfort for animals: absence of thirst and hunger, discomfort, pain and injuries, stress and fear, as well as in the presence of conditions for natural behavior, a competent feeding program. Growing conditions are also as close to natural as possible. The result is 99.8% of milk extra grade. The project was implemented at the company's own expense.
The Head of State heard reports on the development of agricultural production in Minsk Region, Smolevichi District and the prospects for the development of Servolux CJSC Group of Companies.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors Evgeny Baskin noted the main directions of the holding's development. He stressed that from the first day of the company's activity, the company has taken a course to surpass its competitors due to efficiency and innovative developments.
Today Servolux is the largest producer of agricultural products in the Republic of Belarus. In 2019, the Group's two poultry processing enterprises produced 214 thousand tonnes, which accounted for 31% of the country's output. Feed mills produced over 600 thousand tonnes of products. This represents 15% of the market.
The company is also actively developing other projects: production and processing of milk, livestock breeding sites and its own retail facilities.
The Head of State emphasized the great potential of the food market. It is not only the country's food security, but also the quality of people's lives. He urged to actively introduce examples of successful projects of private companies in the field of efficiency, effectiveness and innovation.
The second location of the visit was the Greenfield-project Servolux for the production of deep processing products. The processing sector is important for the country's food market, as it allows to get added value and significantly expand the geography of export sales. In 2019, the Group produced over 21 thousand tonnes of meat and sausage products.
The President familiarized with the innovative technologies of manufacturing semi-finished and finished products at Unimit site.
This meat processing complex is unique not only for the Republic of Belarus, but also for the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union. The production process is fully automated. The system of total quality control corresponds to the world standards and human participation is minimized. The most advanced equipment allows the company to expand the range of products and offer consumers food-novelties.
Alexander Grigoryevich drew attention to the fact that the issue of food supply is very topical today. He pointed out that the agricultural sector should significantly expand its markets. It is necessary to focus on the production of new products that are in demand.
Evgeny Baskin said: "At present 65% of poultry production is exported. Feed, meat and sausage and dairy products are exported. Recently, the work has been focused on fulfilling the instructions of the head of state to diversify exports. The Russian Federation remains the main export market, but the company is constantly expanding its presence in third countries. It is possible to increase supplies to the markets of Central Asia and Transcaucasia. The products are being certified for shipment to Saudi Arabia. Negotiations on shipments to African countries are under way".
Speaking about sustainable development, the head of the company noted the importance of social responsibility of business towards employees. Each enterprise has a collective agreement, trade unions have been established and are functioning. Decent working conditions and wages are provided. Sponsorship is provided to healthcare, educational institutions, Belarusian sports organizations and various cultural projects. At the enterprise's own initiative, a modern secondary school in Mogilev will be put into operation in 2021.
At the end of the visit, the President noted that it is necessary to disseminate the experience of Servolux Group of Companies as an example of successful private agricultural enterprises.