December 20, 2004



Russia Forecasts 18.9% Increase In 2004 Poultry Output


Russian poultry output in 2004 is forecast to increase 18.9% on the year to 2.2 million metric tons in live weight, Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev said Friday, Prime-Tass news agency reported.


Russia's poultry output increased 8% on the year in 2003.


Speaking after an Agriculture Ministry meeting to discuss the introduction of modern technology into the poultry sector, Gordeyev said that the ministry had approved a program aimed at further development of the sector.


Gordeyev said Russia should cut poultry imports, which accounted for 55% of domestic consumption this year. He also said that poultry imports were often of inferior quality, which was damaging the health of Russians.


The program targets increasing domestic poultry meat output to 1.80 million tons in dead weight in 2007 and to 2.25 million tons in 2010. As a result, consumption of meat from domestic poultry should increase to 15.6 kilograms per capita in 2010 from 8.3 kgs per capita now.


Russia set an import quota of 1.05 million tons for 2004, and a similar level is to be kept in 2005.

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