In 2017 Russia produced 4.57 million tonnes of pork in liveweight, which was an increase of 5% compared to the previous year, Russia’s Agricultural Ministry estimated. If all announced pig farming projects indeed will be launched, the self-sufficiency rate of Russia with regards to pork could reach 115% by 2022 and the production surplus as the result would be close to 700,000 tonnes.
An example of the expansion is a recently announced plan by agricultural holding Kopitaniya. It revealed plans to invest 3 billion roubles ($ 50 million) into a new pig farm for 150,000 pigs.
This would drive up the company’s capacities in Siberia by 40% from the current level to 69,000 tonnes of pork per year. The new farm should start commercial operation early 2019.