Mongolia pumps money into meat export development

Mongolia intends to increase the volume of meat exports to Russia, Vietnam, South Korea and China in the next few years, according to a recent statement from the country’s Agricultural Minister Radnaa Burmaa.
According to Burmaa, the country will invest up to 90 million US dollars in the development of meat exports this year.
“In 2014, Mongolia exported meat to only one region of Russia. Now, we have established a contractual relationship with eight regions in the Russian Federation. We also intend to increase supplies of meat products to China and South Korea,” she said.
“We are working on this issue. The Ministry has allocated 80 Billion Tugrug (40 million USD) for the creation of additional reserves of meat and 100 billion tugrug (50 million USD) for a further increase in deliveries of meat abroad,” she added.
Strong potential
Burmaa said that, currently, the country had strong potential to develop export supplies, as last year, the number of livestock in the country saw  unprecedented growth of 34% year-to-year to reach 56 million head.
At the end of 2015, after a two-year ban, China resumed imports of Mongolian meat. Experts suggested that, since 2013, the country had achieved real progress in terms of improving livestock biosecurity. As such, the prospects for Mongolian in the Russian market were considered by local participants to be much better.
“Up to 80% of Russia’s beef imports come from Latin America. However, Mongolia is located much closer to Russia, so cooperation with the country would be much more profitable, while for companies located in the Urals (federal district) supplies from Mongolia would be more convenient in terms of logistics,” said Mushegh Mamikonyan, chairman of the Russian Meat Union.
Previously, Mongolia’s Meat Union estimated that the country had the potential to establish export supplies to Asia and Russia worth a total of 600 billion tugrug (300 million dollar)per year. Deliveries to Russia, it added could reach 100,000 tonnes (t) per year, while forecasts for Asian markets had not yet been estimated.
Biosecurity Issues
“Supplies of such volumes of meat (to Russia) would be a good step in diversifying import flows. In addition, pastoral breeding provides meat with less fat content, so in terms of food hygiene this is a plus in favor of the Mongolian product,” added Mamikonyan.
However, several industry observers have suggested that Mongolia has not yet solved all it biosecurity issues.
“Mongolia is sufficiently large and there are many wild animals and related infections. The risk of livestock contracting these infections is high, simply due to the pastoral method of livestock breeding,” said Eugene Lapinsky, head of the animal husbandry and veterinary department at Russia’s National Meat Association.



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