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In Russia, record prices for chicken meat: why the meat has risen in price and what will happen next

Date: May 25, 2024 Time: 16:22:50

According to Rosstat, in the last three months, chicken has risen in price by 14% and at the end of July it set a record.

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In July, the chicken, beloved by the Russians, became even more expensive. Yesterday, for example, I bought drumsticks at 280 rubles per kilogram, but at the beginning of June (from the same manufacturer) they were at 272 rubles.

We love chicken. On average, a Russian eats 35 kg of chicken per year, or about 20 carcasses. At the same time, we eat much less pork – 29 kg, beef – 13 kg. And how not to pay attention to rising prices?

The statistics back up the observations. According to Rosstat, over the past three months, chicken has risen in price by 14% and at the end of July set a record – 196.93 rubles per kilo. And the EMISS system, which collects data from all departments, shows that already in June the average price of chicken grew almost 7%. About the same indicator “pleased” the Ministry of Agriculture: “the price of chicken meat increased by 6% during the year due to seasonal factors.”

Rosptitsesoyuz explains: seasonal factors are the barbecue period, “when the demand for cutting increases, the cost of which is above average.”

– However, the average price of chicken for the first half of 2023 is only 95.8% compared to the corresponding period last year: 177.78 rubles / kg in 2023, 185.6 rubles / kg in 2022, – says the head Rosptitsesoyuz Galina Bobyleva.

However, in addition to seasonality, there are other, more serious reasons for rising prices.

– Inflation (the cost of almost all goods is growing), the low level of purchasing power of the population, – continues the expert Galina Bobyleva.

It plays its role, strange as it may seem, the development of internal tourism. Not many now have enough money to travel abroad, more and more Russians are traveling to their home country. This affects the growth in the consumption of “native” food products, including poultry meat.

On average, a Russian eats 35 kg of chicken per year, or about 20 carcasses.

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The growth of the dollar also affects the purchase of imported materials used in poultry farming.

“There is nothing particularly surprising, the ruble is falling, prices are rising, but an increase in the price of 5-15% is not serious, because it is less than the collapse of the ruble compared to last year,” says the chairman of the public movement Federal Village Council, a farmer from the Sverdlovsk region Vasily Melnichenko. – Yes, poultry farms have imported equipment, consumables for them are becoming more expensive, imported feed additives too. But this is not critical for the chicken to be really golden.

There is no reason to fear a sharp rise in chicken meat prices, since in the first five months of this year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, 2.7 million tons of poultry meat have already been produced, a 2 % more than in the same period last year.

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