Rusagro subsidiary in Primorye ready to supply pork to Asia-Pacific - authorities
VLADIVOSTOK. March 27 (Interfax) - Rusagro Primorye, part of the Rusagro Group , received a permit to supply the Asia Pacific region, including China, with pork and offal products, Andrei Bronts, Primorye Territory's Agriculture Minister said.
"Rusagro-Primorye already received a permit and is ready to supply pork and offal to the countries of the Asia-Pacific region and China," Bronts said, as quoted by the regional government's press service.
In 2022, more than 1.5 million tonnes of agricultural products were sent from Primorye to China. The region is actively increasing exports of grains and soybeans, and intends to supply milk and pork to the Asia-Pacific countries, the press release said.
Meanwhile, Rosselkhoznadzor told Interfax that Russian companies do not currently have the right to export pork to China.
Last week, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko said that Russia will continue to seek the opening of the Chinese market to pork supplies. Pork producers from Russia's regions where the situation with African swine fever is safe insist they can "bring missions, demonstrate Russia's current control system to the relevant regulatory authorities of friendly states and convince our partners that both at the enterprise and regional levels, there is no specific threat from African plague, and there are no problems with the supply of meat products."
Bronts also said that the Greenagro company plans to build a logistics center for the export of dairy products to China, including via a pipeline through the Markovo checkpoint.
Primorye Territory currently ranks fourth among Russian food exporting regions. In 2023, the export of agricultural products from Primorye, as part of the International Cooperation and Export national project, should be over $1.9 billion, the press service said.
Earlier it was reported that the Rusagro-Primorye full-cycle pig-breeding cluster project has been operating since 2016 as part of the Mikhailovsky Special Economic Development Territory. It will include 13 production facilities, including nine pig-breeding sites, a compound feed production complex with an elevator, a motor transport facility, a meat processing plant and a workshop for technical semi-finished products. It is expected that the complex will reach its full 75 thousand tonne production capacity in 2023.
Rusagro is a major Russian producer of sugar, pork, sunflower oil, mayonnaise and margarine. Exports of meat products in 2022 increased 15%, to 43,000 tonnes, which is 16% of the company's 2021 sales of processed meat products.
The company's assets are located in 11 Russian regions: Belgorod, Tambov, Voronezh, Kursk, Orel, Sverdlovsk, Samara, Ulyanovsk, Saratov, and Orenburg regions and Primorye Territory.