13 Apr 2010 16:31

MinEcon backs proposal to further cut poultry-meat import quota

MOSCOW. April 13 (Interfax) - Russia's Economic Development Ministry is giving its support to an Agriculture Ministry proposal for an additional reduction of the poultry-meat import quota for this year.

"The quota needs to be cut, but by how much needs to be decided," Deputy Economic Development Minister Andrei Klepach told Interfax. The Agriculture Ministry's proposal is being worked through now, he said.

The Agriculture Ministry had sent the Economic Development Ministry its proposal to cut the quota by 170,000 tonnes - the amount that Russian poultry farms plan to increase product output.

The quota for imports of poultry meat and sub-products is 780,000 tonnes this year versus 952,000 tonnes in 2009. Russia produced 2.371 million tonnes last year, 14.9% more than in 2008.