Rosselkhoznadzor - Press Rosselkhoznadzor - Press en Rosselkhoznadzor 2007 - 2009 (Web Admin) (Web Admin) First truck with Turkish tomatoes arrives in Russia The first truck with 20 tons of tomatoes from Turkey arrived in Russia following the introduction of an agreement on the volume of tomatoes supply from this country.“Fura with 20 tons of tomatoes from one of the three authorized enterprises of Turkey arrived today,” according to the territorial department of the Rosselkhoznadzor for the Bryansk and Smolensk regions, RIA Novosti reported.The department informed that standard procedures for checking cargo by the veterinary and customs services are now in progress.

“The samples of the goods are taken, the documents are examined, the compliance of the declared (goods - ed.) with the documents is checked,” according to the agency. Round tomatoes of Bandita variety were produced and exported by Agrobay agro group, while Galafrut LLC is the importer. The tomatoes were packed on November 8 and their shelf life is 30 days. Russia has officially allowed the import of Turkish tomatoes on quotas set by the Agriculture Ministry in late October. From November 1, Russia lifted a strict ban on the import of tomatoes from Turkey. Nevertheless, certain restrictions still remain in place. Ankara will be able to deliver 50,000 tons of tomatoes to the Russian market by the end of the year. Previously, the Russian Agriculture Ministry has submitted to the Government its proposals on the mechanism for the resumption of tomato imports from Turkey. Russia levied an embargo on the imports of certain products from Turkey because of the jet-downing crisis in late 2015. Many have been resolved, except the tomato ban, which is the most serious for the Turkish suppliers.

Rosselkhoznadzor, which has recently inspected several Turkish tomato producers, announced earlier that it can consider only large manufacturers for issuing permits for the tomato import. Currently, there are two types of restrictions with respect to Turkish tomatoes. One of them was introduced by the government of the country. The second is a technical ban, introduced by the Rosselkhoznadzor in connection with the detection of contaminated quarantineable products coming to Russia from Turkey. The ban on the tomato import is considered to be the most negative for Turkey since Russia was the largest market for the Turkish tomato export with annual profit amounting to billions of dollars. After the tomato ban, the amount of Turkish tomato exports to Russia decreased by 10.3 percent while their value dropped by 34.3 percent in 2016. Turkey exported 541,000 tons of tomatoes to Russia in 2015, however, the amount fell to 486,000 tons. The value of tomato exports to the country was $365.3 million in 2015 and later decreased to $239.9 million, Daily Sabah reported. However, during the first seven months of the current year, the amount of tomatoes exported to Russia increased by 9.4 percent and the value of tomato exports also surged by 24.7 percent. During the period of January-July, Turkey's tomato exports to Russia reached $198.3 million from last year's $159 million. Moreover, last year, the amount of tomato exports were recorded at 322,000 tons while it reached to 353,000 tons this year during the first seven months. 

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Russian Grain Exports to Saudi Arabia Grew by 22% Russia is ramping up business ties with Saudi Arabia amid the recent strengthening of relations after King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s visit to Russia.

Since the beginning of the 2017-2018 crop year on July and up to October 16, Russia has increased its exports of grain and its derived products to Saudi Arabia by 22 percent to 854,000 tons in comparison to the same period last year, Russia’s Rosselkhoznadzor agriculture watchdog said on Monday.

According to Rosselkhoznadzor, barley accounts for 99.7 percent, or 851,000 tons, of Russia’s exports, while peas and chickpeas account for the remaining shipments. The watchdog noted that Saudi Arabia was the fourth leading importer of Russian grain.

In the 2016-2017 crop year, Saudi Arabia occupied 10th place among importers of Russian grain and its derived products.

In the beginning of October, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud paid his first-ever official visit to Russia, described by Putin as a “landmark” event. The meeting of the two leaders has resulted in a number of agreements being concluded in various fields, including those of trade, investment and economy.

In August, Russian Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev announced that Russia could harvest up to 110 million metric tons of grain this year and export up to 40 million tons in the 2017-2018 harvest year. The country’s 2016-2017 harvest year grain exports set a record of 35.3 million metric tons, including more than 27 million tons of wheat. 

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Big falls in Russian meat imports predicted for 2016

Russian meat imports will fall as demand for foreign meat drops and companies cut back on how much they buy abroad, according to the Russian Institute for Agricultural Market Studies (IKAR). 

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Meat consumption is falling across former Soviet Union countries

Russia and Ukraine have experienced an unprecedented fall in meat consumption over the past two years, official statistics have revealed. Demand for meat has also fluctuated in neighbouring countries.

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First Holstein embryos produced in Russia

Russia currently imports around 60% of its breeding cattle and 80% of its bovine semen, but thanks to a massive devaluation of the Russian ruble these imports have recently doubled in price. The ruble has slumped by 100% to around 96 rubles to £1. In these circumstances, development of pedigree livestock breeding technologies has received an additional impetus in Russia.

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Russia becomes the world's leading wheat exporter

Russia has become the world leader in the export of wheat, surpassing the U.S. and Canada, the country's Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev told journalists on April 28. According to Tkachev, Russia will supply about 25 million tons of wheat on the external market by the end of 2016.

In 2015 Russia achieved record levels in the harvest of corn (13.2 million tons), rice (1.1 million tons), soybeans (2.7 million tons) and buckwheat (900,000 tons), the minister said. The total grain harvest amounted to 104.8 million tons in 2015.

Russia’s position as a leading wheat exporter in 2016 was reported by The Wall Street Journal in February, citing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Russia’s Agrofirma “Oktyabrskaya” Confirms SmartPro™ for Latest Expansion

RUSSIA - Agrofirma “Oktyabrskaya” is extending its poultry operations for the third time in succession, with the construction of a new SmartPro™ single-stage hatchery that will create 100 new jobs and produce 45 million eggs annually.

The new hatchery, which will be located in the Republic of Mordovia, in Russia’s Lyambirskiy District, will include 10 SmartSetPro™ 6 and 18 SmartSetPro™ 4 setters, all equipped with Adaptive Metabolic Feedback (AMF™), to actively manage the environment in the setters for uniform embryonic development.

The contract also includes Hatchery Automation Systems from Pas Reform, with a points-down precision egg setting line and Pas Reform’s innovative, SmartCount™ system, that uses vision-technology to gently count, vaccinate and analyze the day-old chicks.

Hatchery owner Mr. Andin is leading the company’s development. With a deep understanding of changes and advancements in the poultry sector, Agrofirma Oktyabrskaya has, he says, earned its reputation as a modern enterprise by using the latest technologies to achieve the highest standards in production.

“Oktyabrskaya is among Russia’s top suppliers of high quality poultry meat and products,” he says. “With such a commitment to quality, we were rigorous in choosing a partner who would not only provide reliability, sustainability and innovative technologies in our new hatchery - but one that would also support us at every stage of the project and its development.”

Pas Reform’s project management team will provide a full package of engineering support, including technical drawings and specifications for the new facility, while Pas Reform Academy is scheduled to deliver a program of hatchery management training for Oktyabrskaya’s personnel.

Wim Schaafsma, managing director of Pas Reform Russia, concludes: “Mr. Andin and his team are looking to the future with Smart™ technologies and it is a privilege to be working with them. We are proud to have been awarded this project and look forward to contributing to Oktyabrskaya’s future growth and success.”

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Russia Hog Market Report

RUSSIA - Russian pig price is currently recovering from the lows of a few weeks ago. Prices have increased by 10 Roubles per kg in both of the last 2 weeks and this week are at 112 Roubles per live kg, writes Simon Grey, Sales & Service Genesus Russia.

The recent price dip was caused by several factors. The major reasons was Lent where many Russian’s do not eat meat, which obviously reduced demand in a market that is nearing self-sufficiency, on top of a general reduction in spending across the country. Today lent is coming to an end and temperatures are rising and people are again buying more pig meat.

As always, being Russia there are conspiracy theories of the large producers fixing prices to drive smaller producers out of business and meat being brought into Russia illegally!

On the ground there seems to be no slowing down of planned expansion, not only by large producers and even new entrants looking at building or buying empty farms.

The truth in Russia as in every market is that the large producers, although being large still have only a relatively small total market share. They are certainly not monopolies that could affect market price! Another obvious fact is that when establisher, monopolies actually increase the market price for the goods they sell – not reduce! That is sort of the point of trying to become a monopoly in the first place and why governments around the world have anti-monopoly legislation.

Generally large companies are large because they have good management and good control of their costs.

The 2 subjects that are on top of the discussion lists today are meat quality and cost of production. For the majority of Russian’s meat quality means tasty to eat. This means intra muscular fat which means Duroc as a terminal sire.

Real cost control is something very new for Russian pig producers and will take some serious and cultural rethinking to come into effect. There are 3 main reasons for this.

1. Russian pig business are very top heavy in management and administration. On many farms there are more support staff, drivers, book keepers, accountants, managers, lawyers etc… than production workers actually looking after pigs.

This is cultural and will be very difficult to change – but change it must!

Most Russian companies I speak to are interested in the number of production staff on farms but never even think to ask about non-production workers, book keepers, economists, accountants and managers etc…..

2. Russia has taken Europe as its model for pig production. European farms are small and have many legal limitations on them for animal welfare and the environment. Other than being connected to Europe, Russia has nothing in common. It is much nearer to North America, where there is large scale business mentality, and in the northern states and Canada, a similar climate!

It is no surprise that production costs for pigmeat in USA and Canada are the lowest in the world (except for Brazil, which is heavily influenced by north American production systems).

For 2014, average cost of production per kg deadweight was $1.552 in USA and Canada Vs $2.144 / kg average in the EU, with the lowest cost producer in the EU being Spain at $1.904 / kg. Not surprisingly the Spanish pig industry is the nearest to the North American in structure and management!

Russia needs to look across the Atlantic Ocean for its pig business models rather than Europe if it wants to be globally competitive.

3. Russian business want to control everything in-house rather than outsource. It is true that today it would be difficult to outsource much in Russia, but to really increase efficiency and cut cost outsourcing needs to become the norm.

Genetic supply is one of the first to outsource. Why do the majority of pig producers in North America buy all of their boars or semen and either GP or F1 gilts, rather than wanting to produce all of these themselves – because it is more effective and actually lower cost! History says in house genetic programs fail to deliver genetic progress and in many cases genetic regression (the pigs get worse)!

Doing things in house means no competition. No competition means complacency and poor standards. Outsourcing creates competition. Competition reduces cost and creates improvement by continual inventiveness.

There are still many farms in Russia that are managed in exactly the same way as they were in Soviet times (closed systems controlling everything in house). Not surprisingly these farms have the poorest performance and highest production cost!

 ]]> ThePigSite Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0300
Miratorg aiming for double meat output by 2020

Russian pork giant Miratorg aims to double its meat production from a forecasted 500,000 tonnes in 2016 to 1 million tonnes in 2020. The investments should boost turnover to US$ 4-5 billion, being currently US$1.8 billion.

For a large part, the increased meat output should be sold on the domestic market, Miratorg aims for an increase by about 400,000 tonnes.

2016 pork figures

In first quarter of 2016, Miratorg produced 99,000 tonnes of pork, a 6% year-on-year increase. The company states that its main emphasis has been on efficiency improvement, pig feeding efficiency and cost reduction.

This should all lead to a competitive advantage over Russian pork producers. In a company press release, Miratorg CEO Viktor Linnik estimated that, by 2020, this competition will have led to the disappearance of dozens of ineffective producers, together producing about 1 million tonnes of pork per year.

Improving of efficiency and several other measures for reduction of market price, including development of company's own retail chain, will let company to feel comfortable in the coming competitive war at the pork market, as with the reduction of pork consumption among Russians over recent two years it already now closed to saturation.

Focus on Asia

Linnik said that implementation of these plans will also provide a significant increase of export supplies, which should be increased ten-fold in this timeframe. Currently about 5% of overall production is exported, being about 25,000 tonnes in 2016. In 2020, the company aims for 250,000 tonnes.

China: accounting for half exports

Linnik explained that in the last 5 years, Miratorg executives and Russian officials have regularly paid visits to China in order to lobby for the annulment of trade barriers for Russian pork.

Should this indeed be the case, then Miratorg management estimates that by 2020, China could account for half of the company's meat exports (roughly 125,000 tonnes). Until now, the company has reached this market indirectly via Hong Kong (about 2,000 tonnes per month). Even without the lifting of trade barriers, the company hopes to triple this figure in 2016.

Pork exports to Asia

The remainder of pork exports to Asia should go to e.g. Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines. The weak rouble should be a factor supporting export development, Linnik said, as its devaluation reduced the cost of Russian pork in hard currency nearly by two in recent years.

In 2015, Miratorg received permission to export meat to Iran, the United Arab Emirates – mostly useful for poultry exports.

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Russia, Philippines ready to boost trade in agricultural products–ministry

Russia and the Philippines are prepared to increase bilateral trade in agricultural products, Russia's Agriculture Ministry said after a meeting between Deputy Agriculture Minister Sergei Levin and the deputy agriculture minister of the Philippines, Dennis Guerrero.

They discussed the current state and prospective areas of cooperation between the two countries in agriculture, including development of trade, providing access for agricultural products to the markets of Russia and the Philippines, as well as technical cooperation in fighting agricultural pests.

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Reorganisation of Russian Aquaculture to Attract New Money

RUSSIA - The Russian aquaculture sector is to receive a cash injection of 260 million roubles up to 2017 to support scientific development.

The new money comes as part of a general reorganisation of the aquaculture industry in Russia and follows a meeting of the Russian government, ministry of agriculture and the fisheries’ agency Rosrybolovstvo last week.

The reorganisation of the industry will see more powers devolved to the regions and the inland water bodies.

The meeting heard that over the last two years the fisheries’ agency has been overseeing the implementation of new laws for a new legal framework for the sector.

The new powers cover the delimitation of aquaculture sites and the organisation of auctions for the rights for hatchery sites as well as monitoring the implementation of these agreements.

Rosrybolostvo said that this will allow the regions to facilitate the development of aquaculture.

The new regulations also cover water licences and contracts and land contracts.

The head of the fisheries’ agency, Ilya Shestakov, said that many of the regions had not yet establish a regional aquaculture programme for the development of marketable products and he called on them to speed up the process.

However, the regional authorities said that they had encountered problems over the protection of property rights and the expansion of the composition of species in aquaculture farms and well as the use of intensive technology and concerns over the epizootic risks.

There were further concerns over the way the new regulations were being implemented to integrate the water bodies into the programme and the way state support for insurance and the expansion of work in the fields of selection and breeding was being put in place

To ensure the new laws are implemented smoothly, the ministry of agriculture and the fisheries’ agency said that the moves would be supported by subsidised short-term and long-term loans – a move that had been started in 2015.

"Today, companies are showing an active interest in this state instrument.

“However, there are problems with the borrowing of funds. Banks are reluctant to make loans to the sector,” said Mr Shestakov.

He said the lack of interest from the banks was because of concern over a lack of activity in the sector and fears of poor returns.

He said that Rosrybolovstvo had held a number of meetings with representatives of financial and credit institutions to develop more flexible lending to commercial farms.

Already, this year eight projects worth 4.2 billion roubles have been allocated subsidies of about 200 million roubles.

Mr Shestakov said that it was also necessary to look at other ways of attracting new credit resources into the aquaculture sector.

He added that 260 million roubles will be made available to the sector, 30 million or 13 per cent more than in 2015 to support the research institutes.

The fisheries’ agency is backing research across the aquaculture sector and in fish feed production as well as providing scientific support to new aquaculture projects

"The resumption of targeted funding in the field of aquaculture research will create a qualitatively new scientific base to sustained growth in the production of fishery products,” said Mr Shestakov.

“Today, we are working together with the industry and the business community on the realisation trends and the expansion of research in this area.”

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Russia's pork imports rise amid low global prices

Despite strong government measures towards establishing an import substitution program, Russia imported 39,000 tonnes (t) of pork in the first quarter of 2016. 

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Russia: ASF is a never-ending story

African Swine Fever appears to be a never-ending story for Russia’s pig industry, as the virus has been observed to be very persistent and difficult to eradicate. Regional inspectors have noted that the disease often returns to regions where it occurred several years ago, in regions where ASF seems to be already defeated. On 15 June 15 2015, for instance, one ASF outbreak was detected at small farms in the Vladimir region, where the virus had not been detected since 2013.

Wild boars as source of the outbreak?

After a short investigation, wild boars were identified as plausible cause for the outbreak. It remains to be seen, however, how they could have contracted the virus, as the outbreak occurred in a so-called 'safe veterinary region'? Alexander Tkachyov, Russia's agricultural minister, even spoke of 'acts of biological terrorism' and called on various law enforcement agencies to deal with them.

Although no proof has been found for this reasoning, a similar opinion was expressed by Gennady Onishenko, the former head of the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-being, also known as Rospotrebnadzor.

Hotbeds or animal burial places

A totally different explanation is that today's recurring outbreaks are caused by animal burial places, also known as 'hotbeds'.

These came into existence when the first wave of ASF took place in Russia. The authorities decided to introduce criminal liability for officials and in some cases for farmers in case ASF had penetrated their farm. With this step, the government agencies expected farmers to behave more responsibly; the opposite appears to have happened.

No reporting of ASF, just hiding

Often farmers, upon the discovery of heavy pig mortality on-farm, chose not to report the possible ASF outbreak out of fear of criminal liability, but instead culled all pigs, took the infected corpses to nearby forests and had them buried there.

It is believed there could be thousands of these so-called 'hotbeds' across the various regions of Russia. Due to the virus' high virulence, these places continue to infect wild boars, despite the efforts of authorities, reporting on the discovery of burial places each month.

Official statistical data

Official Russian sources have been painting a rather different picture. Eugene Nepoklonov, deputy head of the Russian veterinary watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor, has even claimed repeatedly that the situation in the Baltic States and Poland would be much worse than in Russia.

In official data supplied by the Russian veterinary body, at the eastern borders of Europe in total 2,498 would have been counted since early 2014, including 531 outbreaks since the beginning of 2016. In Russia, since 2007, official sources have registered 786 outbreaks, including 13 since the beginning of 2016.

Data by the World Organisation for Animal Health more or less confirm the data for 2016, also see Table 1. (It is worth noting here that all figures in the EU countries in 2016 come down to the discovery of one or a few infected wild boars - these are not outbreaks in domestic swine, ed.).

Epidemic outbreaks, however, have also been reported from the Crimea, since ASF was confirmed there in February of this year.

Russian worries about Ukraine and Moldova

The heads of the veterinary watchdog are also reported to be worried about the situation in Ukraine and there is even a threat to Moldova. According to them, the disease is increasing and control is not properly applied.

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Pork trade ban with Russia may be a lasting one

The trade conflict between the European Union (EU) and Russia is likely to become a lasting one, despite the World Trade Organization (WTO) having intervened.

Recently, WTO experts expressed their opinions on the Russian ban on EU pork. The import ban was implemented by Russia when African Swine Fever (ASF) was confirmed in 4 eastern EU countries, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland. Unclear for now is the exact details of the WTO report – the confidential document was only sent to the parties involved and shall only become public in 1 to 2 months.

"Import ban for entire EU is disproportional"

Likely, the WTO will rule that the import ban for pork from the entire EU is disproportional. Frans van Dongen, spokesman for the Netherlands central meat organisation, told Dutch agricultural news title Boerderij that the WTO most probably will advise to follow recommendations by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The OIE recommends only to ban pork from infected regions.

Van Dongen added that in his view Russia would be happy to negotiate the exclusion of countries instead of regions. Politically, however, this is a delicate issue, and Poland is especially against this solution.

Implementation time

Should the WTO indeed follow the OIE recommendations, then there's still a long way to go. Wiebren van Dijk, a Dutch diplomat in Geneva, Switzerland, focusing on e.g. WTO matters, told Boerderij that things are always balanced. He added that none of the parties involved will be considered to be 100% right. He said, "There will always be recommendations about what countries need to adjust."

For that, countries will get a 'reasonable period of time', for implementing certain measures in its legislation – varying from 8 months to 2 years. Russia for instance could come up with negotiations with all EU member states or opt for an appeal. Van Dijk, "In almost 70% of the cases recently the route of an appeal has been taken." An appeal could take another 6 months.

EU 'ASF-free' certificate

Should Russia choose to implement the WTO suggestions, a practical problem remains as well. All EU member states use the same export certificate. This certificate notes that the entire EU, with the exception of the island of Sicily, Italy, which is free from ASF. A new certificate is therefore necessary for either the entire EU except the new infected areas – or a new certificate would be needed for each individual member state.

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WTO ruling on Russia’s trade ban expected this week

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) will secretly announce its verdict on Russia’s EU pork trade ban this week, according to an official following the case.

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Ukraine hit with African swine fever

A farm in the Kirovograd region of Ukraine has had to slaughter more than a dozen pigs after the African swine fever (ASF) disease was detected by health officials this week.

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Russian body expresses alarm over safety of sausages

About 75% of sausage products on Russia’s grocery shelves not only fail to meet quality standards, but could be dangerous to public health, according to a study by consumer protection organisation Roscontrol.

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Auchan faces Russian complaints over meat quality

Meat products samples, found in five Auchan outlets in Moscow and Moscow Oblast, contain excessive levels of E.coli, S.aureus, as well as tetracycline antibiotics, according to an investigation by Russian veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor.

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Russian meat industry braced for bankruptcy

Russia’s meat industry could face a tsunami of bankruptcies across its poultry and red meat processing sectors within the next two years, the Meat Council of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) has claimed.

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Russian dairy industry threatens milk supply over new government order Russian dairy companies have threatened to stop supplying milk to the nation's stores unless the government revokes an order requiring additional veterinary-safety documents to accompany each shipment, the Kommersant business daily reported Wednesday.

None of Russia's dairy suppliers would be able to meet the requirements set in the Agriculture Ministry order, said PepsiCo spokeswoman Marina Zibareva, Kommersant reported. PepsiCo sells various brands of milk in Russia.

“Essentially this means that starting this March, production may stop, and supplies of milk to retailers may end,” she was quoted as saying. 

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