December 8, 2022
Iran approves imported poultry from Russia
Russian veterinary watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor, said Iranian veterinary authorities have approved five Russian poultry farms to export broiler meat to Iran, Financial Tribune reported.
Rosselkhoznadzor said the poultry firms approved for export to Iran were Miratorg's Bryansky Broiler, Cherkizovo's Vasielvskaya poultry farm and GAP Resource's Tokarevskaya poultry farm. These companies are some Russia's biggest poultry and meat producers.
Konstantin Korneev, executive director of the Russian consulting firm Rincon Management, said poultry firms in Russia have been interested to export to Iran, adding that logistics and financial issues related to poultry shipments will be resolved quickly in light of the current geopolitical situation.
Korneev said nearly all Russian poultry exporters are currently in talks about entering the Iranian market. He said the Iranian market remains closed for some of the world's key poultry exporters, so the price dynamics there have less dependence on the actions of foreign companies.
Russian poultry exports could fill a void in Iran's domestic market, where it is expected that demand will decline in 2022 due to skyrocketing feedstuff prices.
The most recent Food Outlook report from the Food and Agriculture Organization showed that poultry production will decline from 2.18 million tonnes in 2021 to 2.1 million tonnes in 2022. It is expected that that imports will increase from 70,000 tonnes to 105,000 tonnes while exports will decrease from 33,000 tonnes to 16,000 tonnes.
According to estimates from the Iranian Statistical Centre, the production of poultry in the previous month decreased by 19% when compared to the same period last year.
The Iran-Russia agreement is anticipated to support the Russian poultry industry, which despite allegedly suffering from Western sanctions is still close to its level from the previous year.
Compared to 288,000 tonnes the year before, Korneev predicted that Russian poultry exports would reach 300,000 tonnes by the end of 2022.
He said China and post-Soviet states continue to be Russia's main destinations for poultry exports in 2022. This year, exporters also saw an increase in demand for Russian poultry in the MENA region and Africa.
- Financial Tribune