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Increased Meat Consumption to Lead to Higher Production

08 August 2013

UKRAINE - Meat consumption in Ukraine is expected to rise thanks to increased production of beef, chicken and pork.

This year the figure will grow by almost six per cent in order to reach 2.4 million tonnes, according to Mykola Prysyazhnyuk, Minister of Agriculture.

Mr Prysyazhnyuk said: "In addition to the economic component of government-supported programs for livestock, their effect on consumers is also important. On the one hand, there are budgetary subsidies for animals for slaughter and farmers get real money. On the other, it is important to eat more Ukrainian-produced meat. This will gradually lead to rise in financial figures."

According to the minister, this year, Ukraine will increase meat consumption by almost one kilogram per person. A positive trend can be made possible through growth of domestic meat production.

"By the end of this year, production of meat in Ukraine will reach 2.4 million tonnes. This reflects a 5.8 per cent increase over last year.

"Thanks to government-supported programs, we are able to finally secure an upward trend in livestock production. We are continuing to work on expanding existing programs and developing new ones, Mr Prysiazhnyuk said.

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