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Governor visits Cherkizovo Group’s pork cluster

Vyacheslav Shport, Governor of the Khabarovsk Region, visited Cherkizovo Group’s pork cluster in the Lipetsk region in mid November.

On 13 November Vyacheslav Shport, the Governor of the Khabarovsk Region, and Alexander Yats, the Head of the Lazo local District Administration, visited the Lipetsk region and toured Cherkizovo’s Lipetskmyasoprom pork cluster.  The delegation was accompanied by Oleg Korolyov, the Lipetsk Regional Governor. 

The visit was initiated by Igor Babaev, chairman of Cherkizovo’s Board of Directors, who had visited Khabarovsk and other regions in the far east of Russia in late October.  During his visit, Babaev suggested an initiative to create a major livestock and crop cluster in the far eastern regions of Russia.  In the long term (up to five years), such a cluster could provide quality domestic meat products to replace imports and meet the needs of local residents.  Babaev noted that the far east has significant potential for the development of successful cattle breeding, and in particular there is a good food supply, which could be used for livestock.

Governor Shport and other members of the delegation from the Khabarovsk Region spent much of their visit touring the Lipetskmyasoprom enterprise; visiting feeding grounds, breeding and rearing facilities and the feed mill. Shport praised the facilities of Cherkizovo Group and said: "The work done by Cherkizovo has made a strong impression and gained a lot of respect.  For several years, the company has managed to provide not only tax revenues, but also create many new jobs for the Lipetsk region.” 
The chairman of Cherkizovo’s Board of Directors, Igor Babaev, said that the creation of a pig cluster in the Lipetsk region is an example of a successful public-private partnership in the animal industries, and further cooperation such as this could be used to provide effective livestock development in the far east regions of Russia. 

The regional Governor, Oleg Korolyov, commented: “Cherkizovo Group is a long standing partner of the Lipetsk region and our work together has always been positive. Cherkizovo Group’s agricultural work uses only the most modern technology. The Group's products are bought both within our region and in neighboring regions; I'm sure any region would be happy to work with Cherkizovo as a credible regional investor.”

OJSC Lipetskmyasoprom is an integrated pig farm that was built from scratch. Compared to other pig farms in Russia it is unparalleled, meeting modern international technology and veterinary standards.

The production capacity of Lipetskmyasoprom is about 50,000 tonnes of live weight per year. Each module of Lipetskmyasoprom provides 4,800 sows and output of more than 100,000 head of commercial pigs (12,500 tonnes of live weight) per year. Within each module are separate stages of production, growing and fattening pigs, using modern equipment from major European manufacturers. Feed is supplied by the facility’s own feed mill. The feed is made exclusively from natural components.

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