According to Rosstat, in January-October, 2020, the volume of production of fresh or chilled cattle meat, pork, lamb, goat meat, horsemeat and venison in Russia increased by 11.4% to 2.5 mln t, versus the same period of the last year.
The statistics show that the production volume of poultry during the reporting period has decreased by 0.5% to 4 mln t. The production of convenience meat products increased by 8.4% to 3.3 mln t, sausage production grew by 3.4% to 2 mln t, and the canned meat production increased by 12.3% to 627 mln standard cans.
During nine months of 2020, the production of processed and canned fish remained at the same level of 3.6 mln t, the canned potato production increased by 12.1% to 283 ths t, while the production of fruit and vegetable juices decreased by 1.4%, to 915 mln standard cans.
Furthermore, the production volume of sunflower oil and its unrefined fractions increased by 10% to 4.7 mln t, while the margarine production decreased by 2.6% to 358 ths t. The milk production, except raw milk, increased during the reporting period by 0.9% to 4.5 mln t, the butter production grew by 5.4% to 239 ths t, and cheese production increased by 5.8% to 472 ths t.
The production of wheat and wheat and rye flour decreased by 1.5% to 7 mln t, the production of bakery products with short shelf life decreased by 1.8% to 4.6 mln t, while the production of confectionery products fell by 3.4% to 3.2 mln t.
Position of the Ministry of Agriculture
The Ministry of Agriculture pointed out that Russian agrarian business is currently serving as a driving force of Russian economy which shows a high growth rate in all key areas. The highest growth is demonstrated by the food processing industry. “The positive momentum is reached due to the consistent growth of the agricultural stock production volumes, increase in foreign markets supply, improvement in government support measures and production modernization. The high industry growth rate allows the continuous supply of the domestic market with basic foodstuffs, while at the same time expanding the export capacity,” the Ministry said.