The world’s seventh beef producer, Russia has seen its cattle flock decrease regularly for the past 20 years, and has been focusing more on pork and poultry production.
Poultry meat production is expected to rise to 3.150m tonnes in 2011 from 2.830m in 2010, bolstered by a cut in imports, down to 390,000 tonnes from 688,000 tonnes last year.
Pork production is also on the increase, despite an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) that increased pressure on small producers.
Russia regulates its imports and production with strict quotas, and regularly applies bans to countries that don’t comply with its requirements. However, things are set to change as Russia will join the World Trade Organisation in 2012.
Source: Federal State Statistics Services, Reuters
Ministry of agriculture www.mcx.ru
Institute of Nutrition www.ion.ru
Russian North West Meat Association nwmeat.org
Russian National Meat Association www.natmeat.ru
Approximate meat production (source: FAO, 2009)
Cattle meat: 1.7 million MT
Pigmeat: 2.1 million MT
Chicken meat: 2.3 million MT
Sheep meat: 164,492 MT
Approximate production value (source: FAO, 2009)
Cattle meat: $4.7bn
Chicken meat: $3.3bn
Sheep meat: $447.9m
World rank (source: FAO, 2009)
n7 producer of cattle meat
n10 producer of sheep meat
n9 producer of pigmeat
n5 producer of chicken meat
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