RUSSIA, Moscow. Meat production increased significantly again in 2020. In pork, the boom of recent years continues.
Russian meat production increased again in the past calendar year. According to the Moscow-based Ministry of Agriculture, the total volume produced was 15.6 mill. t of live weight (LW), up 2% from 2019. Looking at individual meat types, however, there were significant differences, with beef production growing by only 0.2% to 2.8 mill. t and poultry meat by 0.4% to 6.7 mill. t. In contrast, pork production continued the strong momentum of previous years, increasing by 9.1% to 5.5 mill. t compared to 2019.
According to Russia's first deputy agriculture minister, Dzhambulat Khatuov, pork production is expected to increase to 6.0 million t by 2025. This had already increased by 1.2 mill. t over the past five years. The share of "industrial production" has now risen to 90%. Imports hardly play a role anymore; instead, pork exports are increasing, Khatuov emphasized. According to him, the primary task of Russian pig breeding now is to increase competitiveness, create a modern breeding base and logistics, and further increase export potential.