Vladimir Fisinin, president of Russia's Poultry Union, has given an upbeat forecast for Russian poultry production this year, indicating that this will increase by 300,000 tonnes year-on-year to 2.5 million tonnes.

Nine-month production was 200,000 tonnes higher year-on-year.

Fisinin made the comments at the 11th Russian Agro-Exposition Golden Autumn in Moscow in early October, according to the Interfax news agency. Russian egg production will also increase substantially this year to approximately 39 billion, with nine-month production this year rising by 1.1 billion year-on-year. For 2009 as a whole, egg production is likely to be 1.5 billion higher year-on-year, said Fisinin.