How to make millions on cucumbers

How to make millions on cucumbers

When it became clear that a good rural life could not be built on state food, the collective farmers of the largest Belarusian village of Olshany, that in the Brest region (a population of over 8 thousand people), they collectively quit the collective farm and started earning cucumbers.

Here, everything is the opposite of the usual post-Soviet village: residents do not drink, do not live in rickety huts, half of the families are large, each with a small fleet of vehicles, including cars and trucks. In Belarus, this is called the “olshansky phenomenon”, but if you look closely, there is no magic, the first and main reason for the welfare of the olshans is the refusal to cooperate with the state. Officially, everyone here is unemployed, they do not pay taxes, until this year they conducted their cucumber business without any supervision, taking advantage of their geographical position - far from big cities, so no one climbs with checks. Local farmers are not particularly willing to shine in the press, so as not to attract attention, so they ask not to give names.“Cucumber businessman” Andrei tells about the prosperity of his native village:

- In Moscow, our cucumbers are very fond of, because they are nitrate-free, tasty, the land is fertile. On the day 40-50 trucks leave for Russia. For the season with one greenhouse I earn thousands of three hundred Russian rubles. And I have 7 greenhouses. So consider yourself.

It is easy to count, but at this time the average salary in an ordinary Belarusian collective farm is barely three thousand rubles, and some workers receive 50–300 rubles a month. By the way, olshansky cucumber kings also create jobs - those who have a lot of greenhouses, hire people from outside to help them grow their “green gold”. And people from neighboring villages are happy to go to work here. But olshans do not like to share large parts of the business with outsiders, so they try, if possible, to engage in logistics and sales within their clan - for example, the father-in-law grows cucumbers, the son-in-law owns a pair of trucks and is responsible for transportation, and the wives sell cucumbers and keep accounts. Andrey shares the details of the family structure in Olshany:
- We have taken to have many children. I myself have four, but this is not the limit, there are families with seven children, ten. And then - feed.I have two daughters, and in the dowry I will build a house for each of them. I hope that they will marry their own olshansky, well, or someone from the neighboring villages. Because I don’t like any eastern Belarusians, these people don’t want to work, they just whine that everything is bad. I do not want such a daughter in the family led.
The houses in Olshany are good, European, and on the fences of the local market hangs an unusual, and not necessary in an ordinary village, advertisement - stretch ceilings, window glass windows, steel doors. All this is in demand among monetary villagers. They have huge plasma TVs in their houses, a lot of furniture from Moscow IKEA - wagons from Russia do not return empty.

Cars drive here from 15 years old, good, there are no traffic cops on local roads. It is considered to be a good way to give a child a car key to a graduation school. While other Belarusian villages are aging and dying out, in Olshany there are one and a half thousand children of school age. True, the olshansk children do not want to go to school, and they don’t like it - the teachers complain of complete indifference to the educational process and constant replies from their parents. The director of secondary school №1, Anna Mozol says

- As soon as the sowing season of cucumbers begins, this is the month of March, older children like a cow licking their tongues - they can not go to school for weeks for weeks, then they just bring notes from their parents: "For family reasons." The circumstances of all these are the same - the cucumber business. We have a very low enrollment rate in higher and secondary specialized educational institutions, for which we constantly get reprimands in the district education department, out of 1,500 students, 18-20 people leave for the city per year. Recently, I tried to conduct an educational conversation about the benefits of universities with one of the rather good students, and he answered me: “I’m 16, and I already earned myself a car by helping my dad grow cucumbers. And you, with your education, do not have a car and never will. Why should I go to the city to study if I haven’t earn as much as I have in my home in five years! ”

Large families and lack of predilection for drinking among local men are due to the fact that all villagers are Protestant believers who the religion forbids using contraceptives, abortions, drinking and taking drugs. Also one of the most important tenets of Protestantism is the doctrine of the virtue of labor, the need to work in good faith and diligently.That is why Protestant communities around the world live economically well. And, despite the fact that the Baptists in Belarus were met unkindly in the 90s, the parking in front of the prayer house in Olshany was full every Saturday, while the Orthodox Church was empty and dilapidated without parishioners.

The Belarusian mentality, which manifests itself in an indifferent attitude towards everything that concerns the common, and not the personal good, has not disappeared anywhere from the well-to-do olshans. The roads in the village are the same broken down and non-passing as in any impoverished village. Locals look rather strange when they are outraged by the fact that the state, to which they do not even pay taxes, does not allocate funds for the repair of roads, which they themselves turn into a swamp, breaking the last asphalt with their wagons and KAMAZ trucks.

The idea of ​​throwing off and tidying up their own homeland does not come to the heads of cucumber steers. Just like the idea to raise money for a bus that would take children to school - many people from the new districts stomp as many as 3 kilometers into the alma mother, and dads can't bring them up by car - in the morning there is always a lot of work on the ground.

The school principal complains that 50-90 people are late every day for the start of the lessons, and those who arrive on time are thawing their shoes from dirt for about 15 minutes. Everything that is behind the fence of their own houses is treated by people with indifferent utilitarianism - for example, local authorities are already tired of struggling with the fact that residents dump firewood in the streets that heat greenhouses in the cold.

Recently, in Olshany restless. At the end of April, state clouds hung over olshansky cucumbers - during a visit to Stolin district, Alexander Lukashenko himself spoke about this business, reproaching Russian wholesalers for insulting the Belarusian manufacturer:

- A man came from Russia and said: “Here I give you so much. If you want - give, if you want - do not give. ” And what can he do? A day later it is no longer a cucumber. And he gives away these cheap cucumbers.

To make it convenient for producers to sell cucumbers to the state “at normal prices,” the president ordered to build a logistics center or processing plant in Olshany by autumn.

Olshans of such news are not at all happy, because not everyone has the opportunity to sell their goods on their own, many are tied to wholesalers from Russia.Farmer Ivan Grib, who owns the platform of the village cucumber market, does not hide his indignation:

- People will lose everything! If regular customers are expelled from Russia, what should we do with cucumbers? It will be a real disaster. Where to put 40 trucks of cucumbers? Donate to "Belkoopsoyuz" for a penny? So it is better to throw away! Turnover in the market - 1 - 1.5 million dollars a day! At the same time 30 trucks loaded! Minibuses and smaller cars in general, no one thinks! Cucumber - a very delicate product. If at 11 o'clock he was removed from the garden - the next morning he should already be at the buyer. To debug a system that can compete with Russian wholesalers will require huge costs. If at all we succeed.

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