Part of a large integrated pig production complex planned by Miratorg, the further processing plant at Chernytsyno in the district of Oktyabrsky is scheduled to come into production as early as 2020. A pig slaughter and deboning line is planned to start operations the following year. More than 5,000 new jobs will be created in the area.

At an event to mark the groundbreaking on the meat packing plant, the firm’s president, Viktor Linnik, said the project represents the latest step in Miratorg’s commitment to double both its annual pig breeding capacity to 7.7 million head, and pig meat output to one million tons (live weight).

When realized, the firm’s output will be able to cover Russia’s requirement for chilled pork, and thus end the need for future imports.

Linnik said at the ceremony that, in addition to the meat packing plant, Miratorg will set up new pig breeding complexes in the Kursk region, and feed milling capacity will be established to cover compound feeds requirements.

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“This project integrally completes the pig production division’s existing capacity and broadens the output and range of high-quality meat products to supply the market, thus making them available to consumers throughout the country,” he said.

Already last year, Miratorg reported significant increases in its output of poultry, pork and beef. Compared with 2015, pig meat production was up by 6.2 percent to 409,000 metric tons. Following the firm’s strategy of import substitution, its production of poultry meat and beef were up by 37 and 53 percent, respectively, from the previous year.

Just one month ago, it was announced the firm was adding hatching capacity for its poultry business, Bryansky Broiler.