The epidemic of African swine fever (ASF) in Russia continues to gain momentum, spreading to new regions of the country, according to EMEAT, an information-analysis firm specializing in marketing research on the Russian agricultural market and meats sector.
On Friday, EMEAT said, Russia’s largest pork producer Miratorg reported an outbreak of ASF at feeding station Ivica-2 of the Belgorod Region in Central Federal District. According to EMEAT, the Belgorod Region currently accounts for about a fifth of Russia’s total pig production –- with the main production units of the country’s biggest pork producers, including Miratorg Agro-Belogoriya, Rusagro, located in the region.
The share of the regions of the Central Federal District in January-October 2017 accounted for 55.7% of the total Russian pork production. The spread of ASF in this district could have potentially disastrous consequences for Russia’s pig production, said EMEAT.
In the case of confirmation of the diagnosis, all the pigs at the feeding station will have to be culled. Miratorg has already notified the insurance companies about the event and has started the process of determining the possible damage within the framework of the current insurance contract, said EMEAT.
In September, ASF was found at one of the sites of another large pork producer in the Belgorod region -- GC Rusagro, which resulted in the company losing about 2,000 metric tons of pork, according to EMEAT.
In Russia, the first outbreak of ASF was registered in 2007.
In 2017 so far there have been 103 outbreaks in domestic pigs and 33 in wild boars.
Russian 10 largest pig producers in 2016 as measured in thousand metric tons of pork produced.
Miratorg - 409.0
Rusagro - 190.0
Velikoluksky pig-breeding complex -131.0
Siberian Agrarian Group -111.4
CoPITANIJa - 98.7
Ariant - 89.1
Agroeco - 82.0