Belarus will not have problems selling poultry meat if Russia bans selling frozen poultry meat, BelTA learned from Vasily Prudnikov, Head of the Central Office for Foreign Trade of the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry.
Black Sea Grain reports mass media quoting the head of the Russian Federal Consumer Protection Service, Gennady Onishchenko, as saying that Russia will ban selling frozen poultry meat and processing frozen poultry meat. According to Mr Prudnikov, if it happens, Belarus will shift focus to raising the export of chilled poultry meat.
Between January and September 2010, Belarus exported 26,500 tonnes of poultry meat, 80 per cent up on the same period of last year. Chilled poultry meat export amounted to 14,200 tonnes, frozen poultry meat export stood at 12,300 tonnes (7,600 tonnes and 7,400 tonnes in the period January to September 2009, respectively). Belarus primarily exports chicken carcasses, mostly to Russia. The share of frozen poultry meat in Belarus' export shrank in comparison with January-September 2009.
In January-September 2010, enterprises run by the Agriculture and Food Ministry exported 23,100 tonnes of poultry meat in January-September 2010, 77.7 per cent up on the same period of last year. Chilled poultry meat export amounted to 14,100 tonnes, frozen poultry meat export stood at 9,000 tonnes.