Pork production in Ukraine in 2018 will be reduced by 5.2% or 33 thousand tons, amounting to 594 thousand tons. But the import will grow 2 times compared to last year. Such forecasts were shared by Arthur Loza, the head of the Association of Pig Breeders of Ukraine, inform the “Ukrainian News”.
In particular, meat imports will amount to 16 thousand tons. Export from 6.2 thousand tons will be reduced to 4 thousand tons or almost 36%.
At the same time it is expected that, in combination with meat products, pork production will amount to 710 thousand tons. This is 3% or 21 thousand tons less than in 2017.
Import of meat products and meat will increase by 18%, amounting to 110 thousand tons, while exports will decrease by 55%, to 5 thousand tons.
And the associations emphasize that for the first 4 months of 2018 Ukraine has already increased the import of pork 4.6 times, having bought 3.3 thousand tons of meat on foreign markets for $ 1.53 million. The import of meat offal is 10.6 thousand tons for $ 5.9 million. Over 17 thousand tons of bacon was purchased, a foreign delicacy cost Ukraine $ 10.87 million.
But the export of pork significantly fell 3 times less, to only 810 tons. For this volume, domestic producers earned $ 1.9 million abroad. Another 390 tons of pork were exported in live weight.