Russian poultry production is expected to end 2012 up 10.3 percent, with slaughter weight reaching 3.5 million metric tons, according to the country’s Ministry of Agriculture

The increase is the result of ongoing investment in the sector and is set to continue, said the ministry. Since 2006, more than 400 poultry facilities have either been set up or modernized. While there is still a question over how much will be spent, in 2013 the government is expected to invest in excess of US$9 billion in the domestic agriculture sector, including poultry production. July poultry output rose 22 percent, to 285,000 metric tons, compared with 2011 numbers, according to Rosstat.

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By 2020, poultry meat production is expected to stand at 4.5 million metric tons, making the country almost self-sufficient.