Ukrainian pork in European, Chinese and Russian markets could replace the Brazilian products, which have recently been banned in these countries, Ukraine analytical company KSG-Agro CEO Serhiy Mazin told a local newspaper Kommersant-Ukraine in the recent interview.
“In recent years we have seen an increase in the welfare of the population in the countries of South East Asia. For example, in China, where demand for animal protein is growing, including for pork,” Mazin noted.
According to Mazin, Russia and Kazakhstan traditionally cover a substantial portion of their needs through imports of pork, mainly from Europe and Brazil.
The KSG-Agro chief said that recently a number of European countries, as well as Russia and China, banned imports of Brazilian pork because of the presence of ractopamine in products.
As a result, he said, opportunities have opened for growth in supplies of Ukrainian products to these markets. “We expect to export up to half the pork produced,” Mazin underscored. According to the program of the agricultural development in Ukraine the country intends to boost pork export to about 70% until 2020 compared to current level.