Russian feed industry expanding

by Arvin Donley
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Above is a feed milling facility located in Prokhorovka, Russia.
Photo by istock/Laures.
After many years of contraction following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian feed industry has expanded significantly in recent years and the growth is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

The GAIN (Global Agricultural Information Network) report provided highlights from the Russian Feed Industry 2017 Conference, held April 14 in Moscow, Russia. Speakers from the conference presented the current state and future prospects of feed production in Russia and the impact on the sector from developments in the poultry and meat sectors.

Conference participants estimated that since 2008, the Russian feed sector experienced annual growth of 7% to 10%. This growth has been buttressed by strong growth in the livestock and poultry sectors, the introduction of new technologies, and improvements in the quality of the feed produced, the GAIN report noted.

Kharon Amerkhanov, director of the Livestock and Breeding Department of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, provided a brief overview of the development of the livestock sector in Russia during the conference.

In crop year 2016, meat and poultry production rose 464,000 tonnes from the previous year, up to nearly 14 million tonnes. He forecasts an increase of 1 million tonnes per year in these sectors through 2020.

He said the Ministry of Agriculture estimates Russia’s current production capacity for feed at 38 million tonnes. Amerkhanov also noted that the government is co-financing 77 feed production projects at a total cost of 22.3 billion rubles. The share of the state support for these projects is projected to be about 5 billion rubles, he said.