At the 7th International Conference "Compound Feeds-2013" in February 2013, presenters from the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and the feed industry commented on opportunities and constraints for the feed sector in Russia.
Vladimir Manayenkov, the Head of the Feed Office in the Department of Animal Breeding, Russian Ministry of Agriculture, presented on the development of the feed sector in Russia. He reported that government measures aimed at improving the agricultural sector in Russia have resulted in strong growth, specifically in the swine and poultry industries, and this growth has led to increased demand for compound feeds. As a result, feed production (both compound and non-compound feed) in Russia has continued to grow, with total feed production estimated up 1 million metric tons (MMT) in 2012 from 2011. Feed production is primarily for use in the poultry sector, with 59 percent of feeds for poultry, followed by swine at 30 percent and finally livestock at 10 percent; other types such as for aquaculture are just 1 percent.
According to Rosstat, Russia produced 20 MMT of feeds in 2012, which is 5.4 MMT or 37 percent more that in 2009.
At this conference, speakers presented on the current state and future prospects of feed production in Russia. The general tone of the conference and message of the presenters was the positive trends in the feed sector, and the significant development potential for feeds in Russia. Recent growth has been driven by the National Agricultural Development Program 2008-2012, which spurred strong growth in poultry and swine production. Since 2008, annual feed production demonstrated sustained annual growth from 7-10 percent.
Monday April 29, 2013/ GAIN-USDA/ United States.