15 Sep 2009 17:03

Russia boosts meat, groats production in Jan-Aug

MOSCOW. Sept 15 (Interfax) - Russia increased the production of meat and groats by more than 11% in January-August 2009 compared to the same period of 2008, but reduced the output of canned fish, dry milk, tea, vodka and beer, the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) said.

Meat production grew 11.2% to 2.1 million tonnes in the eight months. Groats production increased 13.6% to 772,000 tonnes.

The production of wholemilk products rose 0.5% to 7 million tonnes in the period, while cheese output grew 5.9% to 308,000 tonnes.

Dry milk production plunged 47.3% to 35,900 tonnes in the period. The production of canned fish and seafood fell 17.8% to 445 million standard cans.

The output of bread and baked goods fell 4% to 4.5 million tonnes in the eight months. Tea production fell 17.6% to 67,100 tonnes, vodka output declined 14.6% and beer production dropped 8.1% to 7.6 billion liters.