Russia will produce 3.5 million tonnes of poultry meat in slaughter weight this year, which is 10.3% more than last year, according to a forecast made at the recent meeting of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation.
During the meeting the implementation of the program of development of the poultry industry in 2009-2012 was also discussed and the concept of its development to 2020 in terms of Russia's accession to the WTO.
The Russian Minister of Agriculture, Nikolai Fyodorov, stated that since 2006, Russia has built and renovated more than 400 projects within the poultry industry. Over the past six years, the production of poultry meat increased by 1.8 million tonnes (in carcass weight) and egg production increased by 3.7 billion pieces.
However, according to the President of Russian Union of poultry farmers (Rosptitsesoyuz)Vladimir Fisinin, despite efforts to improve the competitiveness of products, there are still various risks. He said that there exists the list of necessary measures necessary to ensure sustainable and competitive development of the poultry industry in view of Russia's accession to the WTO, which will allow the country to create the necessary prerequisites for entry of domestic poultry production into the foreign markets.
This year 164.5 million rubles (US$ 5.1 mln) from the federal budget has been allocated for the maintenance of poultry breeding stock.