New Russian poultry plant opens
Reaching 1.8 million tonnes, poultry production in Russia is expected to exceed the levels seen some 15 years ago.
In 2007, poultry meat production in Russia rose 16%, compared with production levels in 2006, which stood at 1.55 million tonnes.
Russian Agriculture Minister Aleksey Gordeyev announced the rise in production at the opening of a new poultry slaughter and cutting plant in Constantinov, Moscow. According to Gordeyev, four years ago poultry meat was just 7% of the Russian diet, however, in 2006 it rose to 51%, and is could rise to 60% in 2007.
The new plant, Mosselprom, forms part of the APK Development Project, and expected capacity is 6,000 birds processed an hour.
“This new plant is not just a boost to Russian agriculture, but also to the consumer who will benefit from the quality and natural production,” said Gordeyev.