Meat Business: Belarus seeks to diversify mea...
Meat Business

Belarus seeks to diversify meat exports

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BELARUS, Minsk. Belarus plans to establish poultry and beef exports to China in the months ahead, as the country’s meat industry is suffering from a drop in supplies to its main market Russia, according to the country’s First Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Leonid Marinich.

According to the Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center (BEROC), Belarus would be able to supply China with livestock products amounting to a total value of around US$200 mill. per quarter, which would enable the country to fully replace any losses to the Russian market.



Meanwhile, the country is actively looking to diversify its pork exports, as Russian veterinary authorities limited supplies of Belarusian pork several times last year, for reasons that could not be proved, said local producers. This, they claimed, has made the Russian market less reliable for Belarusian firms.

Last year, Belarus was found to have supplied sausage products containing the African swine fever genome to Russia and, as a result, the Bobruisk and Minsk processing plants, which are largest in the country, stopped importing those products to Russia. The Belarusian Agricultural Ministry said the affected companies would have to overcome the veterinary violations to resume supplies to the market.

Marinich added that Belarus was already conducting preliminary work into diversifying its meat exports, as the country has already made trial supplies of livestock products to Nigeria, Syria and Pakistan in the first few months of this year. Expanding the list of foreign sales markets is seen as crucial for the Belarus meat industry, as currently, any price fluctuations in the Russian market hit the market in Belarus as well.

Last year, Belarus was found to have supplied sausage products containing the African swine fever genome to Russia and, as a result, the Bobruisk and Minsk processing plants, which are largest in the country, stopped importing those products to Russia. The Belarusian Agricultural Ministry said the affected companies would have to overcome the veterinary violations to resume supplies to the market.

Source: The Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center (BEROC)
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