Mogilev farmers have their minds set on boosting flax production by almost 70% in 2007 to 7,400 tonnes, a senior official with Obllen Agency told Interfax.
They have reserved over 9,000 ha of land for flax crops this year to fulfil the ambitious plan. Seeking to increase long-fibre flax yield, Mogilev is investing in flax mill retooling, with obsolete and worn-out equipment to be replaced.
In the meantime, farmers have already embarked on flax sowing, with 3% of land under flax crops covered.
This year they are introducing four new flax species, which have never been grown in Belarus: two long-stalked flax species and oil-yielding ones.
Over the last few decades of flax farming in Mogilev Region, they saw an average yield of around 6 centners per ha (fibre) and 3 centners per ha (seeds).