Russia increases pork export volumes to Asia
Russia is close to access to more Asian markets as is pushing more pork to the Vietnamese market. The current Russian pig price is 122 Roubles ($1.67) per live kg, including 10% VAT. Lent is just starting in Russia so the price is as normal expected to fall to about 112 Roubles ($1.53).
This is in line with where the price has been for the past 9 months. Russia and other CIS countries have been affected less by Covid than Europe and North America. Not in terms of the number of infections, the disease does not recognize populations or countries. The difference is a public reaction or lack of over-reaction.
So far, the country which is fighting an ongoing ASF outbreak has lost about 600,000 pigs due to this matter. "This may seem a lot, but it is about 3% of total pigs in production. Russian pig production companies have in reality done an excellent job of controlling ASF. Yes, there are outbreaks, but the overall impact of ASF is significantly less than diseases like PRRS, that Russian farms as do most of the world, accept as normal," commented Simon Grey, General Manager Russia, CIS, and Europe, Genesus Inc.
IN his opinion, the need for pig meat in the Vietnamese market will stand as a pillar for the Russian pork exports. "Russia has also been increasing export volume. This is now at about 190,000 tonnes per year. This increase is primarily due to significantly more pork exported to Vietnam – due to losses from ASF in that country. The volume of exports is today 3% to 4% of the total volume produced.
There is a good deal of international discussion about within-country regionalization with regards to areas free from ASF. If this was to be agreed to, especially by China, this could be a game-changer for the Russian pig industry," he added.
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