April 12, 2021

ASF hampers volume of Russia's pork production



Russia's pork production is expected to fall by 100,000 tonnes to 250,000 tonnes due to African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks happening during the end of last November, December and part of January, according to Yuri Kovalev, general director of the National Union of Pig Producers.


Kovalev said that with the "oversaturation of the market, there could be a decrease in wholesale prices, but because we lowered the forecast for growth, we think that the price will not go down, will remain at last year's level, a little over ₽100 (US$1.29) per kilogramme live weight."


About 560,000 pigs died in Russia between November 2020 and January 2021 due to ASF, affecting industry giants like Miratorg and Cherkizovo.


A total of 23 ASF outbreaks have been registered in the country since the beginning of this year.


- Veterinary & Life

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