Russian pig meat exports soar on back of strong production growth

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Russian exports of pig meat (incl. offal) have continued to perform well this year, reflecting the growth in production.  Russian exports between January and August totalled 143,300 tonnes, 80% more than the same period in the previous year.

The nation has gained access to several export markets in recent years, including Mongolia, Hong Kong and Vietnam, while negotiations with China are still ongoing. The Russian Union of Pork Producers (RUPP) suggests that exports of pig meat could surpass 200,000 tonnes by the end of the year, which if realised would put volumes up 45% on the year.

The rise in exports reflects a significant growth in the nation’s domestic production. In the year to September, Russian pig meat production totalled 3.55 million tonnes, 12% more than in the same period in the previous year, according to Rosstat.



By Felicity Rusk

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