Agricultural output in Russia up 6.8% year-over-year to 3.55T rubles in first 11 months of 2013, government says; November output up 18.3% to 421.3B rubles

MOSCOW , December 18, 2013 () – Agricultural output in Russia increased 6.8% year-on-year to 3.551 trillion rubles in current prices in January-November, the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) said on Wednesday.

Agricultural output was up 18.3% at 421.3 billion rubles last month alone.

Agricultural outfits increased the production of livestock and poultry for slaughter by 5.1% to 10.6 million live-weight tonnes. But there was 3.9% less milk produced, 28.6 million tonnes, and 1.9% fewer eggs, 38 billion.

Output of livestock and poultry for slaughter last month was up 1.6% at 1.4 million tonnes, though milk production was down 2% at 2 million tonnes and egg production 1.2% at 3.1 billion.

As November ended, there was 19.9 million head of cattle at all agricultural producers, which was 2.1% less than one year prior. That included 8.7 million cows, 2.3% fewer. There were 19.8 million hogs, up 2.3%, and 24.9 million sheep and goats, 1.1% fewer.

Households had 45.4% of the cattle, 22.1% of the hogs, and 47.5% of the sheep and goats. Those figures were a respective 45.8%, 25.7%, and 47.5% at end-November last year.

As this month began, there was 1.4% more feed per animal on hand at agricultural organizations than a year earlier.

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