June 9, 2006


Ukraine's pig and poultry numbers up while cattle numbers down



The number of pigs in Ukraine on Jun 1 totaled 7.63 million, 11.6 percent more than the same date last year, according to the state statistics committee.


Poultry numbered 178.39 million, an increase of 5.1 percent compared with the same date last year.


The number of cows in the country on June 1 was 3.66 million, a decline of 7.1 percent.


In the last few years, despite bird flu, a number of serious investors entered the pork and poultry markets and considerable financial resources had been invested in upgrading the existing facilities and creating new ones.


Some 200 new pig farms are being constructed in Ukraine, with the number of pigs expected to increase by 2 million in the course of the year.


Ukraine poultry output is likely to increase this year to 550,000 tonnes from 419,200 tonnes in 2005.


The proportion of poultry in the total amount of meat consumed by Ukraine's population this year is likely to increase to 50 percent from 12 percent in 2000.


By 2010 Ukraine plans to be producing 800,000 tons of poultry a year, including 500,000 tonnes of broiler chicken meat.