Russia: Producers call for reduced pork imports
Russian pork producers have requested a reduction of import quotas by 30-40 percent annually.
According to the Federal State Statistics Service, pork production in Russia in the first quarter increased by 30%.
According to Russian business daily RBC Daily, during the period of 2010-2012, quotas for imported pork to Russia might be reduced by 150-200 thousand tonnes annually. According to initiators of the proposal, this would support the rapidly growing domestic production of pork and avoid a possible surplus production on the domestic market.
Yuri Kovalev, head of Union of Pig Breeders, said that the increase of pork production in Russia is completely provided by the local agricultural organisations, with production volumes steadily increasing.
In addition, the largest pork operators are planning to continue their expansion. This year Cherkizovo plans to increase pork production by more than 30% compared to 2009, while Miratorg by almost 70%.
However, Viktor Linnik, Miratorg's president, believes that currently there is no need to make a hurried decision and that such a proposal should be considered in the second half of this year.
Quotas for imported pork in Russia this year are set at 500 thousand tonnes, while in 2011 at 500 thousand tonnes and in 2012 - 450 thousand tonnes.
(By Evegen Vorotnikov)
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