Kazakhstan to limit poultry imports from Russia

16-03-2015 | | |
Kazakhstan to limit poultry imports from Russia

Kazakhstan will take measures to prevent the import of poultry meat of low quality to the country, stated Asylzhan Mamytbekov of the Ministry of Agriculture during the annual meeting of the country’s Union of Poultry Breeders. In daily practice this means imports from Russia, where production of poultry is cheaper at the moment, will be limited.

According to Asylzhan Mamytbekov, currently domestic poultry farmers suffer from currency fluctuation of the Russian ruble, which is making Russian poultry more competitive.

Mamytbekov also said that neighbouring countries supply mostly poultry of low quality to Kazakhstan, with which domestic producers cannot compete.

“In the context of our integration processes (within the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia) we have to put a stop to imports that violate the rules of fair competition. There are many goods and products being imported that don’t comply with technical regulations and sanitary norms,”said Mamytbekov.

Mamytbekov said state support to the poultry farmers should be increased. According to him, the government will very soon increase subsidies on the purchasing of feed and grants to poultry farms.

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Vladislav Vorotnikov Eastern European correspondent