Kazakhstan: egg production has dropped in the first quarter of 2011
Kazakhstan has produced 780.5 millions eggs in the first quarter of 2012, according to the Kazakhstan Statistics Agency. Egg production was 838.5 million during the same period last year. The difference, 58 million, represents a production decrease of 7% for the first quarter, reported the agency. The number of laying hens during the first quarter declined by 0.4% compare to 2011 levels. One of the main factors for the decreasing of egg production may be tough competition from Russia.
The president of Kazakhstan’s Union of Poultry Breeders, Ruslan Sharipov recently said that Russia has "showered” Kazakhstan with cheap and low quality eggs.
According to Sharipov, Russian manufacturers sell egg produce to Kazakhstan that is labelled up to several days after the eggs have been laid. Sharipov also attributed Kazakhstan’s egg production decline to lack of equipment for poultry farms as well as a lack if feed supplements. Additionally, the breeding poultry stock in Kazakhstan is almost completely imported.
"Every year the Kazakh poultry producers spend more than 10 million dollars just on vaccines and other veterinary needs. We cannot compete with Russia and Belarus, because of the high cost of our production," said Sharipov.
And for Sharipov, entry into the World Trade Organisation (WTO) will drive the cost of Kazakhstan chicken up to match that of Europe. However, Sharipov said that the Union is now trying to reduce production process costs. With government allocated subsidies the producers are trying to update their equipment fleet. "We expect that in three years we will be able to compete with Russian manufacturers," the president of Kazakhstan’s Union of Poultry Producers said.
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