Russia continues to decrease the volume of pork imports. Between January and September 2015 pork imports amounted to 237,200 tonnes, which is 24.3% less than in the same period in 2014, according to data provided by the Federal State Statistics Service in Russia.
While imports are decreasing, domestic production capacities in Russia keep increasing.
According to official data, on October 1, 2015 the number of pigs in all categories of farms in Russia had grown to 22.248 million heads. This is an increase of 7.4% in 2015.
On smaller private farms the pig population continues to decline, however, mainly because of the recent outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF). But the large industrial farms in Russia have grown their stock to a total of 1.827 million heads, an increase of 11.5%.
The total volume of pork production in Russia between January and September amounted to 1,991 million tonnes in slaughter weight or 2,727 tonnes million in live weight. This is 4.8% or 91,700 tonnes more pork in slaughter weight than was produced in the same period in 2014.