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Chukchi venison will replace American meat

In 2014, the agricultural enterprises of the Chukotka Autonomous Region will slaughter more than 16,5 thousands of deer heads, which is 3,5 thousands more than the previous year, the press service of the regional government said. Thus, 604 tons of meat will be sent to the needs of the population of the region, which is 2 times more than the 2013 indicator of the year. According to Roman Kopin, the governor of Chukotka AO, the increase in the number of products produced from venison will allow the region to significantly reduce the demand for meat that was previously delivered to Chukotka from the United States.

- The initiative to organize additional slaughter of reindeer was discussed in detail with the directors of agricultural enterprises, the Polyarny food processing plant and the state enterprise Chukotopttorg. We are faced with important tasks to provide the population of the district with products of our own production and at the same time, a stable increase in the total livestock of domesticated reindeer. The Government of Chukotka pays special attention to the solution of these issues, including taking into account the retaliatory economic sanctions imposed by Russia against the countries of the West, - emphasized Roman Kopin.

On 1 September, the total number of domestic reindeer in Chukotka is 190 thousand heads. According to the forecasts of the Department of Agricultural Policy and Environmental Management of the Chukotka Autonomous Region, by the end of 2014, after carrying out all the measures for the slaughter of animals, the livestock will drop to 174,5 thousand deer, which is a planned indicator.

The governor of Chukotka noted that this year they are considering the possibility of resuming the practice of Chukotka’s agricultural enterprises for wild reindeer.

In the current year, in accordance with the approved quotas of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation, it is allowed to produce about 5 thousand heads of wild reindeer in Chukotka. The hunting season will last until February 28 2015.

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