Russia set to become one of the world’s largest pork exporters, despite record-breaking ASF toll


Pig World (UK)

June 3, 2021


Moscow-based multimedia freelance journalist, Vladislav Vorotnikov tells Pig World Magazine how Russia is set to become one of the world’s largest pork exporters, despite a record-breaking ASF toll.


At the end of 2020, Russia had to cull nearly 500,000 pigs due to several massive outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) – the highest figure for several years.


But this temporary setback has not even slightly derailed the country’s pig industry, which keeps expanding at a fast pace on the back of booming exports. In 2021, Russian pork exports are expected to climb to 250,000 tonnes, possibly 300,000t, if direct supplies to China are allowed, the Russian state-owned bank Rosselhozbank forecasts. Last year, the country exported 192,000t, almost twice the level of 2019.


Russia has become the world’s fifth-largest pork producer, overtaking Brazil, according to another Russian state-owned bank Gazprombank. In 2020, the Russian pork production totalled 4.3 million t, the Russian Union of Pork Producers (RUPP) estimated. This is far from the ceiling, and the production level is forecast to jump to 6mt in 2025, RUPP said...


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