Thursday, 20 November 2014

Agri-news from Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Russia

Ukraine’s production and exports of cheese is expected to decrease due to Russia’s import ban
forcing processors to switch to butter and non-fat dried milk production and rely on export sales.

Imports of dairy products will also decrease due to currency devaluation although local whole dairy products production will likely remain stable supported by domestic consumption.

According to PM Yatsenyuk Ukraine is willing to expand business cooperation with Norway especially in agriculture and energy.  

He goes on to point out that Ukraine expects a 5% increase in the agriculture sector this year and this has created new opportunities for the two countries.  

Meanwhile in Kazakhstan a Chinese consortium is planning to construct a 100 million eggs poultry farm.  One of the main investors said the project is experimental and will lay the foundation for other large projects in Kazakhstan in the future.

As Kazakhstan is self-sufficient in eggs the project will presumably be targeting exports to places like China and Russia although Russia is no slouch when it comes to laying eggs holding the number one producer in Europe position.

Talking of trade the regional integration in the post-Soviet space is set to continue with the launch of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) on January 1, 2015.  The initial EEU members will be Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia, with Armenia and Kyrgyzstan planning to join later.

In other news from Russia, 660 German heifers are taking four Boeing 747 flights to the Far East to stock up a large cattle-breeding complex in Primorye.  Apparently each pedigree cow can produce up to 4,500kg of milk per year which is three times higher than the average cow; assuming you feed it with something it can actually digest.

(4,500kg, surely that’s a mistake, the average for Russia is somewhere near that.)

Make up your own joke about travelling cattle class and not wanting to be sitting next to one because they hog the arm rest.

Talking of hogs and animals on a gap year, a herd of 587 pigs has travelled from Kursk region to a modern pig-breeding complex just launched in Sakhalin.

It didn't say how they travelled but I hope they flew as its over 9,000km by road.