January 15, 2021

 

Russia self-sufficient in pork production, aims to export

 
 

At the XXII International Pig Conference organised by the National Union of Swine Breeders of Russia and the International Industrial Academy in Moscow, the general director of the National Union of Swine Breeders of Russia said the country has reached self-sufficiency in pork production and plans to ramp up production to export surplus pork, Farmers Advance reported.


Russia is currently the world's fifth-largest pork producer. According to the National Union of Swine Breeders, swine farming is one of the most technologically advanced branches of agriculture in Russia.


To further strengthen ties with the Russian swine industry, the U.S. Soybean Export Council attended one of the country's key annual events, the XXII International Pig Conference, in December 2020.


In his keynote speech, Dr. Yuri Kovalev, who serves as the general director of the National Union of Swine Breeders of Russia, said the country has achieved self-sufficiency in pork production. Russia's goal is to not only satisfy local demand but also increase production enough to be able to export surplus pork.


In Russia, the annual growth rate of pork is 9.7%, far higher than the average for all animal protein production at 4.2%. In 2020, pork slaughter weight was estimated to be more than 4.3 million tonnes.

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