Against the trend, Kazakhstan hopes to grow pork exports


Vladislav Vorotnikov, Pig Progress

Feb 7, 2019    


Although most forecasts indicate that Kazakhstan’s pig industry is heading for extinction, the Kazakh Union of Pig Farmers recently adopted a development programme targeting a significant increase in production capacities with export opportunities.


In the plan, Russia and China would be the main targets of the exports. By 2025, the Kazakh Union of Pig Farmers hopes to establish pork export of around 100,000 tonnes per year. With the improved effectiveness and decreased production costs, an export price of around US$ 3.5 per kg would be a great deal for the Kazakhstan pig farmers, said Viktor Lim, chairman of the Kazakhstan Union of Pig Farmers. The plan requires increasing the domestic pig population by 1.2 million head.


For pork, the Indian model might be an example


In an interview with Forbes Kazakhstan, Mr Lim spoke about the future iof the swine industry in the predominantly Muslim country. He hinted that for Kazakhstan it would be possible to follow a similar path like in India, where people do not eat beef. Yet, Mr Lim said, the country is one of the major exporters of this type of meat on the global market. That is a model Kazakhstan could think about with regard to pigs, he explained.


Adding to the optimism is the 2017 agricultural development programme, adopted by the national government, which included some state aid to pig farmers for the 1st time in many years.


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