RUSSIA, Moscow. Russia, Belarus and Ukraine have increased production in the first half of 2020.
Russia has increased production of meat, milk and eggs in the first half of 2020 According to current data from the Russian Federal Statistical Service (Rosstat), meat production amounted to 7.1 mill. t live weight. This was 4%more than in the same period of the previous year. The statisticians put the Russian cattle population at 19.2 mill. animals, including 8.1 mill. cows, on the cut-off date of 1 July. Compared with the same period last year, this represents increases of 0.3 and 0.4% respectively. Meanwhile, the number of pigs increased by 5.3% to 26.8 million, while the sheep and goat population was reduced by 0.8% to a total of 24.9 mill. animals. In contrast, the Russian poultry herd was reduced by 0.3% to 563.4 mill. animals.
In the Ukraine, meat production increased by 8% to a total of 1.65 mill. t of live weight. With regard to animal production in Belarus, the Minsk Statistical Office (Belstat) reports that meat production in the period from January to June 2020 increased by 4.8% to 931,200 t live weight compared to the first half of 2019.