The pork processing portion of the operation is being designed to replace the country's reliance on imported chilled pork.
MOSCOW – This past month, Russia’s Miratorg Agro-Industrial Holding announced its investment of more than 200 billion rubles ($3.40 billion) in the construction of meat production facilities to process poultry, pork and beef using a vertically integrated business strategy. As part of what the company is referring to as the “pig production doubling” project, a new meat packing plant in the Kursk region’s Oktyabrsky district is slated to double the company’s pork production to 1 million metric tons (live weight) per year. The “pig production doubling” campaign alone includes an investment of more than 160 billion rubles ($2.72 billion), including a 68 billion ruble ($1.16 billion) automation-intensive slaughtering facility, according to a press release from the company.

The increased production is expected to replace Russia’s reliance on imported chilled pork and the slaughter and processing facility, with an annual capacity of 4.5 million head, will create more than 5,000 jobs, the company said. 

“This project is a constituent part of solving by Holding of the strategic task on doubling the pig breeding division capacity up to 7.7 million head per year,” said Viktor Linnik, Miratorg president during the ceremonial groundbreaking held in September. “Besides the meat packing plant, the grain company will be established, the production of compound feeds will be launched and new pig breeding complexes will be built in Kursk region,” he said.

Operations at the further processing portion of the plant are scheduled to commence in 2020, while the complex’s slaughtering and deboning operations are expected to begin in 2021.