Russia ups agricultural production 2.5% in Jan-Feb - Rosstat
MOSCOW. March 21 (Interfax) - Russian agricultural production increased 2.5% year-on-year to 354.4 billion rubles in January-February 2018, the Russian State Statistics Service (Rosstat) said.
Agricultural production rose 2.6% to 186.9 billion rubles in February alone.
It grew just 0.6% year-on-year in January-February 2017, including 0.4% in February.
Production of livestock and poultry for slaughter was up 6.4% to 2.2 million tonnes in 2M this year, including 5.4% to 1.1 million tonnes in February. Milk output rose 2.8% to 4.1 million tonnes (2.5% to 2.1 million tonnes) and eggs - 1% to 6.9 billion (1% to 3.2 billion).
All categories of agricultural producers had 18.9 million head of cattle as of the end of February (down 0.3% compared with a year earlier), including 8.3 million cows (down 0.4%), 23.9 million pigs (up 5.8%) and 24.6 million sheep and goats (down 0.8%).
Household farms accounted for 42.9% of the cattle, 12.7% of the hogs and 47.2% of the sheep and goats as of the end of February, compared with 43.2%, 14.5% and 47.2% respectively a year earlier.
Livestock had 11.1 million feed tonnes of feed units, up from 9.7 million tonnes a year previously.
Livestock feed provisioning improved with 11.1 million tonnes of fodder units, up from 9.7 million tonnes a year ago.