Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Sverdlovsk region seeks poultry sources as Sredneuralskaya plant fails

As the Sverdlovsk region's Sredneuralskaya poultry plant faces the potential loss of one of its broiler facilities, government officials are seeking alternative sources of poultry.

If the failing broiler completely shuts down, the region will be forced to contend with a deficit of 18,000 tons of meat per year. As a result, regional government cabinet member Denis Pasler has assembled a task force from members of both the ministry of agribusiness and the ministry of food to create a plan to acquire poultry elsewhere, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

One potential source of poultry is the Tamara Deryagina poultry farm, headed by Alexander Vinogradov. Pasler and his team met with Vinogradov last month to discuss a potential purchasing arrangement.

Another option under consideration is to bankrupt the Sredneuralskaya poultry plant and invest nearly $7 million in a replacement poultry facility, which will, however, require the region to go into to debt to fund the facility's construction, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta.

Sredneuralskaya poultry plant has had to close seven of its 32 buildings due to broiler failures, resulting in a 15 percent decrease in meat production over the previous year.

Regional officials are expected to make a final decision regarding the sourcing and production of poultry meat in the near future, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.