Russia's pig and poultry production sectors are booming, according to Russian agricultural sources, in contrast to current difficulties in the beef sector.

The country's Agriculture Minister, Yelena Skrynnik, said at a recent livestock sector meeting in Lipetsk, that Russian pig and poultry production in the first nine months of this year were respectively 10% and 13% higher than the same period in 2008. One result of this rising production is an increase in the demand for feed. Conversely, beef production in the January to September period was 2.6% lower year-on-year.

Russia is seeking to increase its domestic meat production to reduce imports, which the Agriculture Ministry forecasts will fall to 25% of the total Russian meat market by the end of this year.

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