Russia: Bird Flu hits salmon Published: 06 April, 2006
RUSSIAN wholesale fish prices have escalated to a historic peak, according to the Russian newssite Kommersant. The surge is attributed to the general lack of beef and pork on the market coupled with the effects of bird flu on the poultry market.
Wholesale prices for salmon fish (trout, salmon and hunchback salmon) grew the most. Salmon climbed from 155 rbl/kg in mid-February to 200 rbl/kg on Tuesday of this week.The hunchback salmon stepped up from the recent 40 rbl/kg to 70 rbl/kg.
“The fish prices have never soared so high in Russia, it is the record level,” Ledova President Nadezhda Kopytina reportedly said.
The surge has its roots in a number of factors.The Russian Federal Service for Phytosanitary and Veterinary Supervision, Rosselkhoznadzor, banned deliveries of chilled salmon and trout of Norway starting from 2006, trimming the weekly shipment of 600 tons to 700 tons of frozen and chilled salmon to roughly 500 tons of frozen salmon exclusively.
Another reason is claimed to be the general shortage on the meat market due to cow rabies and hoof-and-mouth disease. And last but not least, the bird flu outbreak drove down chicken consumption by 50 percent in some countries of Europe. The situation is reportedly a bit better in Russia, where the demand slid 20 percent on average.
People are shifting to fish prompted by lack of meat coupled with the bird flu, Defa CEO Denis Repinsky reportedly said. “Evidently, the fish will replace neither beef nor pork. And the price surge could be thought speculative to the greater extent.”
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