News

23 June 2018

MHP's giant poulty farm accused of water pollution

News -

Residents of the three Ukrainian villages Zaozerne, Kleban and Olyanytsya filed a complaint to EBRD, protesting against the development of the giant Vinnytsia Poultry Farm owned by Mironivsky Hleboproduct (known as MHP). The farm housing over 17 million chickens and planning to double its production by 2021 is said to be a source of environmental pollution. The villagers complain that water levels in their wells have fallen and the quality of the river water became worse. MHP stated that it has no relation to the disappearance of water in the wells, because the water for the production needs of the poultry factory is taken exclusively from the South Buh River. The water is then cleaned and returned to the river in better quality than it was when it was extracted.

Read more


22 June 2018

Greenpeace against a new mega dairy farm in New Zealand

News -

Murray Valentine, the owner of the farm Simons Pass Station ltd, plans to develop another dairy farm in the Mackenzie Basin. The new farm should contain three dairy sheds and 14 houses for 15,000 dairy cows. Greenpeace launched a "Save the Mackenzie" petition which had been signed by 28,679 people so far. The reason why Greenpeace disapproves the development of a new farm is the fact that Mackenzie Basin is a home to 18 threatened plants and four threatened bird species.

Read more


22 June 2018

Investment company to buy farmland in Australia

News -

Agricultural investment company Growth Farms has launched Australian Agricultural Lease Fund worth of $ 100 million in order to buy farms throughout Australia in the next few years and then lease them to farmers. The managing director of Growth Farms, David Sackett, said that the fund would buy medium-sized farms in the $ 3 to $ 8 million category in North Queensland, Northern New South Wales, Southern Murray Darling Basin, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. According to him, the advantage of leasing is that it gives farmers an opportunity to expand without having to buy land.

Read more


21 June 2018

Bird flu outbreak confirmed at Damate Group

News -

470,000 turkeys infected with avian influenza virus (known informally as bird flu) were detected at one of the production sites of the largest Russian turkey producer, Damate Group, controlled by Naum Babayev, in Penza region. The sick animals representing 10% of the total number of birds at the company (4.7 million) will have to be culled. The estimated financial losses of the company amount to 400 million rubles ($ 6.3 milion). Part of the losses are expected to be covered by insurance.

Read more


21 June 2018

300,000 chickens infected with bird flu at Cherkizovo

News -

Cherkizovo, the largest meat producer in Russia, confirmed an outbreak of avian influenza at Vasilyevskaya poultry farm in Penza region. The virus was detected on the isolated site Vertunovka, intended solely for the reproduction of the parent herd and the production of incubation eggs. This site is situated 200 km away from the main broiler production and processing sites. As a result of the outbreak the company will have to import hatching eggs and cull around 300,000 infected animals. Cherkizovo estimates its financial losses due to the virus at 100 million rubles ($ 1.5 million). The company conducts an internal investigation to determine how the infection got to the enterprise.

Read more


21 June 2018

A new large chicken farm to end malnutrition in Ethiopia

News -

Nutropia Poultry & Feed PLC, one of the largest poultry meat producers in Ethiopia, concluded a deal worth EUR 20 million ($ 23 million) with Agrotop Ltd, an Israel-based construction company specializing in livestock turnkey projects, to build a large scale poultry farm with headquarters in Addis Abeba. The project start is envisaged for 2018. Once completed, the farm will consist of a parent stock rearing farm, a parent stock production farm, six broiler farms, a hatchery, a slaughterhouse and a poultry feed mill and produce 24,000 tonnes of chicken meat per year. The main aim of the project is to end hunger and malnutrition in Ethiopia by providing affordable chicken meat.

Read more


21 June 2018

Miratorg increased number of employees in Kursk region by 6%

News -

The number of employees of the company Miratorg in Kursk region increased by 6% since the beginning of 2018 reaching 1870 people. Miratorg's enterprises in Kursk region include 8 pig farms, a dairy farm, a veal production plant, a sheep breeding complex and grain storage plants. The company offers jobs to both highly qualified specialists and people without special education and work experience. The total number of employees of Miratorg exceeds 30,000 and is constantly growing. The company is actively creating new jobs mainly for rural residents, providing them with worthy salaries and social guarantees. The agroholding aims at increasing socio-economic stability and welfare for population and at reducing the outflow of residents from rural areas.

Read more


21 June 2018

MHP found a legal way to avoid EU import restrictions

News -

MHP, a company controlled by Yuriy Kosyuk that accounts for half of Ukraine’s chicken production, has found a tariff-free way to import chicken meat to the EU. EU applies high tariffs and restricted quotas to imported chicken breasts to protect EU farmers from foreign competition. However, in 2016 the EU concluded a trade deal with Ukraine allowing a tariff-free export of a bony cut of chicken breast with a piece of wing bone attached. MHP has been accused of using this loophole to bypass tariffs by sending chicken breasts with a wing bone attached to EU plants, where the bone is sliced out. MHP denies any charges and insists it complies with the rules of the free trade deal. In 2017 the EU imported 27.000 tonnes of chicken breast with wing bone from Ukraine.

Read more


19 June 2018

Large farms in China use less agricultural chemicals

News -

China uses more than 30% of global agrochemicals on only 9% of the world’s cropland. This fact makes it the largest consumer of agricultural chemicals worldwide. The recent scientific study reveals that small farms are the main cause of it, because they overuse fertilizers. The use of agrochemicals by larger farms tends to be more efficient than that of farmers operating on a smaller scale due to better knowledge and management skills. By increasing the farm size in China to the world average it would be possible to reduce per-hectare use of fertilizers by 30% and of pesticides by 50%.

Read more


18 June 2018

Karan Beef to be bought out for $ 445 million

News -

The management of Karan Beef considers purchasing a part or the business of Karan Beef (Pty) Ltd based south of Johannesburg. In order to obtain the funding managers may approach the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), which manages pension funds of South African government workers. The buyout will value the company at about ZAR 6 billion ($ 445 million). Karan Beef was founded by the Karan family in 1974. The company breeds 150,000 heads of cattle on 2,330 hectares of land and is considered to be the largest cattle ranch in South Africa and in the southern hemisphere.

Read more

Logo