20 Oct 2009 15:29

Russia boosts meat, milk and egg output in 9 mths - Rosstat

MOSCOW. Oct 20 (Interfax) - In the first nine months of 2009, Russia increased production of meat, dairy and eggs, the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) said on Tuesday.

Rosstat said that in January-September, production of cattle and poultry (for slaughter in live weight) came to 6.3 million tonnes, a year-on-year increase of 2008.

Milk production increased by 0.2 to 25.9 million tonnes while egg output went up by 3.9% to 30 billion units.

In comparison with September of 2008, production of cattle went up by 9.3% to 900,000 tonnes, milk - 2.6% to 3 million tonnes and eggs - 5.2% to 3.3 billion units.

As of the end of September 2009, total head of cattle at all farm producers came to 21.7 million, down 2.3% year-on-year, of which 9.1 million were cows, down 2.5%. Total pigs came to 18.8 head, up 6.1% while total head of sheep and goats came to 23.9 million, up 3.4%.

Household farms accounted for 49.5% of cattle, 38.3% of pigs, 50.7% of sheep and goats in comparison with 48.9%, 42.3% and 51.2%, respectively, at the end of September 2008.