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Cherkizovo focuses on pork production in Eastern Russia

By Nicholas Robinson , 19-Nov-2012

Russian regional leaders are in talks to create a major livestock facility in the eastern regions of Russia after visiting Cherkizovo pork operation.

The governor of the Khabarovsk region Vyacheslav Shport and Alexander Yats, the head of the Lazo local District Administration, visited the Lipetsk region and toured Cherkizovo’s Lipetskmyasoprom pork facility, known as a ‘cluster’. The delegation was accompanied by Oleg Korolyov, the Lipetsk Regional Governor.

According to Cherkizovo, the visit was initiated by the chairman of the Cherkizovo’s board of directors Igor Babaev, who visited Khabarovsk and other regions in the far east of Russia recently.

During Babaev’s visit to the regions, he thought an initiative to create a major livestock and crop cluster in the far eastern regions of Russia would benefit both Cherkizovo and Khabarovsk.

Babaev said that in the long-run - up to five years - the creation of such a cluster would benefit the quality of domestic meat products and help to replace imports. He said: “The far east has significant potential for the development of successful cattle breeding, and in particular there is a good food supply, which could be used for livestock.”

As part of the visit the delegates spent time touring the Lipetskmyasoprom enterprise, which meant they looked at breeding grounds, rearing facilities and feed mills. Shport said: “The work done by Cherkizovo has made a strong impression and gained a lot of respect. For several years, the company has managed to provide not only tax revenues, but also created many new jobs for the Lipetsk region.”

Babaev explained that creating a pig cluster in the eastern regions would benefit the area and the people. He said: “The creation of a pig cluster in the Lipetsk region is an example of a successful public-private partnership in the animal industries, and further cooperation such as this could be used to provide effective livestock development in the far east regions of Russia."

Korolyov said: “Cherkizovo Group is a long-standing partner of the Lipetsk region and our work together has always been positive. Cherkizovo Group’s agricultural work uses only the most modern technology. The Group’s products are bought both within our region and in neighboring regions; I’m sure any region would be happy to work with Cherkizovo as a credible regional investor.”

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