Azarov: Ukraine starting to increase cattle numbers

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July 27, 2012, 3:59 p.m. | Business — by Interfax-Ukraine

A soldier-herdsman herds hs cows as he grazes the herd, which belongs to one of the military units not far from Kamyanets-Podilskiy, about 500 km from Kiev 21 June 2003.

Since the beginning of 2012 Ukraine has increased cattle numbers by 452,000 head, Ukrainian Premier Mykola Azarov has reported.

"This year we increased livestock by 452,000 head. For the first time in [independent] Ukraine there was growth in cattle numbers," he said during a ceremony to mark the opening of a transshipment terminal of the Nibulon company in Kyiv region on Thursday, July 26.

The premier also noted that this year the government had initiated a new form of support for agricultural producers: subsidies for the maintenance of breeding calves.

"Everyone, who wants to save, or raise [breeding calves] will receive state subsidies," the premier added.

Azarov also said that the state is planning to raise per capita meat consumption in Ukraine to 70-80 kilograms per year, adding that Ukraine has already achieved the optimal supply for the population with poultry and pork.

Moreover, the premier noted that support for the agrarian sector in 2012 totals about UAH 10 billion, which is 1.5 times up year-over-year.

As reported referring to the findings of the State Service of Statistics, cattle numbers in Ukraine as of July 1 2012 totaled 5.2 million head, which is 0.3% more year-over-year.

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