A leading Russian meat processor has announced an increase pork production with the creation of three new pig farms in the Voronezh, Lipetsk and Tambov regions.
The Cherkizovo Group said the three new farms would lead to an increase in pork production of 37,500t of liveweight pork per year.
The company said it had invested RUB4bn in the project, which got under way in 2010.
Sergei Mikhailov, CEO, said: “It’s a very important event for our company; three pork complexes have started to operate at full capacity. We have started to develop our pork division from the ground in 2006, and now the production capacity of this division is over 180,000 tonnes of liveweight per year and the number of pigs this year will exceed 1.5 million.
“Because of the difficult situation in the industry, caused by outbreaks of African Swine Flu and Russia’s entrance to the World Trade Organization, only large agribusinesses built on advanced technologies can be competitive. Cherkizovo Group has chosen the construction of new facilities that fully meet international technology and veterinary standards as the most effective development strategy for the pork group in terms of product quality and financial results.
“With the launch of the three pork complexes Cherkizovo Group could not only strengthen its position in the market, but also make a significant contribution to the food security program of Russia.”