Russia’s first deputy Minister of Agriculture continues to target import substitution at every opportunity, this time it’s the amino acid, lysine.
Lysine is an essential amino acid which must be included in pig and poultry feeds, without it the animal is unable to combine other amino acids correctly and growth rates drop.
The Minister said that the consumption of the essential amino acid increased due to the growth of poultry and pig production and in 2016 Russian producers used around 100,000 tonnes of lysine with 97,000 tonnes imported.
The Minister went on to say the challenge is to increase production and to orient livestock producers in the domestic consumption of lysine and it is necessary to develop measures to reduce dependence on foreign supplies.
The annual consumption of lysine is predicted to be about 2% per year up to 2020.