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  • 28 Mar 2024, 10:15

This year, meat consumption in Russia may reach a new record level of 83 kilograms per person per year. As RIA Novosti reports, such forecasts were voiced by Andrey Dalnov, chief industry analyst of Rosselkhozbank (RSHB).

This is 2.2 kilograms more than last year. According to the expert, first of all, pork and broiler meat increased the indicators. Their consumption should increase by 1.3 and half a kilogram to 31.9 and 33 kilograms per capita. Of the remaining types of meat, beef consumption should increase by 200 grams or to 12.6 kilograms, and the smallest share will fall on turkey and duck, for which it will collectively increase from 3.4 to 3.7 kilograms. Dalnov noted that the consumption of meat and meat products already exceeds the recommended standards of the Ministry of Health of 73 kilograms. However, according to him, Russians are not in danger of overeating. He explained that meat is a valuable source of all nine amino acids that are not synthesized by our body and most essential fatty acids. Thus, this compensates for the lag of other types of food from the consumption standards prescribed by the ministry.

At the same time, the analyst recalled that broiler meat was the main “driver” of the meat market, but over the past 10 years, interest began to shift to lamb, pork, turkey and duck meat. For example, today the country is implementing large projects for the production and processing of lamb and duck. We also recall that since the 2010s, large pig-breeding companies have expanded their assets, and in recent years, lamb production has increased both on the domestic market and for export.

At the same time, the Russian Agricultural Bank noted the continued interest in the consumption of salads and greens. According to the bank's experts, by 2030, the production of green crops may exceed 100 thousand tons, including their volumes in closed ground (greenhouses) should increase from the current 29 thousand to 38 thousand tons. Analysts expect the output of these products to grow by an average of five percent per year. This will be possible thanks to the launch of new capacities, changes in the product line of the largest domestic greenhouse agricultural holdings and import substitution in the greens production sector. In general, experts predict the volume of consumption of salads and greens by this time at 123,200 tons, or 30 percent more than last year. Managing Director of the Center for Macroeconomic Analysis and Regional Forecasting of the Russian Agricultural Bank Natalya Khudyakova, who was also quoted by the agency, spoke about the development of microgreens production in the country (young edible sprouts of vegetables and herbs). According to her calculations, domestic agricultural producers will account for about 60 percent of this production.