Russia's Agriculture Minister, Yelena Skrynnik, has told Russia's State Duma (Parliament) that the country could almost halve its annual meat imports by 2012 as compared with imports in 2008. This is a result of rising domestic meat production.
Both pork and poultry meat production rose sharply year-on-year in Russia in the first nine months of this year, but beef production fell slightly. The government's aim is for meat imports to account for just 18% of Russia's meat market in 2012. It is taking measures to create an environment for livestock producers in which they can raise their production volumes.