Russia’s Limits on Meat Imports Boost Domestic Livestock Producers
- A slump in Russian imports of beef and pork has spurred greater domestic production. Production of pork is expected to grow 8.8 percent in 2018 from the previous year, and is expected to increase 1.4 percent in 2019 to 3.31 million tonnes. Beef production is forecast to rise 1.1 percent from 1.34 million to 1.35 million tonnes in 2019, according to a recent USDA report. Moscow in July banned imports of agricultural products from countries that had levied sanctions against Russia. And Russia in late 2017 began restricting imports of pork and beef from Brazil, one of the biggest providers of meat to the Russian market just a few years ago, after saying it detected the feed additive ractopamine, which is prohibited in Russia.