Hetia notes that it is necessary to use soy to introduce intensive production in meat and dairy farming
KYIV, October 1, 2012 (UBO) – In 2012, Ukraine plans to harvest 2.42 million tons of soybean, which is 135,000 tons more than last year. The increase in soybean production will provide livestock with high-quality forage and reduce the cost of animal forage in swine breeding, cattle breeding, poultry keeping and aquaculture, Andriy Hetia, director of cattle breeding at the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food said.
“Given that by 2020 it is planned to increase meat production to 3.1 million tons, feed intake will raise to 20 million. The need for soybean will increase to 3 million tons. So, in 2012, it is planned to collect 2,420 million tons, 135,000 tons more than last year. The increase in soybean production will provide livestock with high-quality forage and reduce the cost of feeding the animals in swine-breeding, cattle breeding, poultry keeping, fish farming,” the official said.
Hetia noted that it is necessary to use soy to introduce intensive production in meat and dairy farming. After all, with the help of soy it is possible to reduce the share of cereals and other high-cost components, and to ensure improved protein and energy supply.
“By using soy in forage we can reduce the cost of milk production. Also, the use of soy in animal forage, by increasing the concentration of the protein, would increase the production of meat. But soybean is mostly used in the poultry industry. The economic efficiency of soybean has been already proved in broiler production. Also, consumption of soy is important for the development of fish farming,” Hetia said.