Belarus ramps up poultry meat and egg production
In the first two months of this year, Belarus produced 74.1 thousand (live weight) tonnes of poultry, which is 17% higher than what was produced in 2011 during the same period. The growth in production volume has been across the board for all regions of the country, the Ministry of Agriculture reported at a recent meeting with Alexander Lukashenko on April 12.
“The country’s poultry meat sector currently represented by 57 agricultural organizations, while egg production by 46 agricultural organizations.
“These are the fastest growing agricultural sectors. In 2011, the poultry meat industry had the highest production figures in its history. It has produced 396.2 thousand live weight tonnes of poultry (27.4% of the total meat production), which surpasses 2010 production by nearly 50 thousands tonnes, representing a 14% increase. The volume of production is a record high not only for the poultry industry, but also exceeds, for the first time, the volume of industrial pork production,” reported industry representatives.
Exports of poultry meat last year has increased to 75 thousand tonnes, which is by 195% more then during 2010. The index of return of poultry production in Belarus in 2011 was 14%, which is higher than in the most countries of the former Soviet Union. Belarus has been actively implementing a program of development of the poultry.
By 2015, the government plans to produce 569 thousand tonnes of poultry in live weight. The average daily weight gain of broilers in the country by this time should reach 60 grams. Exports of poultry meat are expected to increase to 100 thousand tonns, or by 33% as compared to 2011.
In the egg production sector has also registered increases in main performance indicators. In 2011 the export of eggs was 609 million units, which is 10% more than in 2010. The index of return of egg production was 10.4%.