Russian poultry raising may shift to an export-oriented strategy and poultry meat exports could reach 400,000 tonnes, government official says

CHELYABINSK, Russia , March 25, 2014 () – Russian poultry-raising, which has been developing busily in recent years, may shift to an export-oriented strategy, and poultry meat exports could reach 400,000 tonnes, the head of the Agriculture Ministry's department for livestock and pedigree-related matters Vladimir Labinov said.

"Judging from the dynamic we are in, and the plans we are setting for ourselves, we have a chance and realistic opportunity by 2020 to reach real export volumes, to move to an export-oriented strategy," Labinov during a Agriculture Ministry collegium trip to Chelyabinsk dedicated to the development of poultry-raising on Tuesday.

"The current dynamic of poultry production volume makes it possible to predict an increase in production to a level of 4.7 million tonnes in 2015, with a forecast calculation volume of the achievement of 5.5 million tonnes of poultry meat [by 2020] in the sector of agricultural enterprises. In principle, this will ensure a move to absolute self-supply with poultry meat resources in the Russian Federation," Labinov said.

As production in Russia rises, poultry product imports decrease. Collegium materials say that where in 2012 Russia imported 580,000 tonnes of poultry meat, it had imported 550,000 tonnes in 2013.

Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fyodorov said a while ago that Russia is able to double poultry meat exports on an annual basis. Citing Federal Customs Service data, he said that 25,500 tones of poultry-business product was exported in 2012 and 51,000 tonnes last year. "The task is getting to 100,000 tonnes in 2014," the minister said.

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