Russia boosts meat production 7.2% in Q1, poultry up 5.9% - Rosstat
MOSCOW. April 16 (Interfax) - Russia increased production of meat (beef, pork, mutton, goat meat, horse meat and venison) 7.2% year-on-year to 573,000 tonnes in Q1 2018 while output of fish and powdered milk fell.
Production of meat and poultry by-products increased 5.9% to 1.2 million tonnes.
Meat output slowed 3.4% year-on-year in March and poultry production was down 1.3%.
Production of processed meat increased 3.8% to 743,000 tonnes, including 9.1% growth in March; preserved meats output rose 0.5% to 121 million standard cans, up 3.8% in March and sausage goods were down 0.5% to 513,000 tonnes, up 0.8% in March.
Production of processed and canned fish, shell fish and mollusks fell 5.1% to 1.1 million tonnes, with production down 7.5% in March.
Milk production (excluding cheese) was down 0.8% to 1.4 million tonnes in January-March including a 1.8% drop in March.
Cheese production rose 2.2% to 104,000 tonnes, declining 1.9% in March. Butter output also rose 6.5% in Q1 to 61,700 tonnes, up 6% in March.
Margarine production grew 6.1% to 114,000 tonnes, up 1.8% in March.
Unrefined sunflower oil production rose 1.9% to 1.3 million tonnes and increased 2.1% in March.
Production of cereals declined 0.2% to 363,000 tonnes, down 9% in March; short-storage baked goods - 2% to 1.4 million tonnes, up 3% in March and pasta goods - 1.3% to 318,000 tonnes, up 6.3% in March.
Output of confectionary goods rose 5.9% to 879,000 tonnes in January-March, including up 4.5% in March.
Beer production was down 7.2% to 151 million decaliters and fell 13.1% in March.
Output of cigarettes fell 4.7% to 49.7 billion cigarettes in Q1, rising 20.4% in March.