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etc. As a result, we face growing competition with European and Chinese producers of such feed additives. Of course, Rus- sian farmers trust the high quality of European products, but domestic products are more affordable. If the domestic feed additives can deliver the same performance as the European ones. Russian customers often prefer domestic products. At the same time, the use of feed additives is growing, due to the antibiotic reduction programmes. But while European coun- tries already have years of experience in phasing out in-feed antibiotics, Russia is only at the beginning. Russian producers understand the need to reduce antibiotics and see the bene- fits of producing antibiotic free (which is also reflected in higher prices for their products), but are also afraid that it can possibly lead to an increased use of medicinal antibiotics. Ros- selkhoznadsor (the Russian Agriculture Inspection) monitors the use of antibiotics and has set up a database of the cases of antibiotic residue detection in animal products. Naturally, the producers, who have been convicted of the application of antibiotics will have restrictions in sales of their products.”


AAF: “Are the Russian livestock sectors doing well?” GL: “To be frank, Russian farmers face many difficulties. If I would list them, it would be a long story. One of the main problems is expensive grains. This is directly reflected in the price of compound feed. But the problem is that farmers can- not easily increase the prices of the meat and eggs. In some cases, this has resulted in bankruptcy of big poultry enterpris- es. There are also some problems with legislation. Besides the legislative acts of Russian Federation there are also acts and


standards of the Customs Union. The problem is that there are sometimes differences between them, which leads to confusion. Not too long ago, President Vladimir Putin empha- sised that the outdated and inefficient legislative acts need to be abolished. Another important issue is finding good personnel to work in agriculture.”


AAF: ” What is your five year outlook for Biotrof and where do you want to put more focus on? GL: “Unfortunately the current political situation is hardly predictable. The sanctions against Russia can be reinforced as well as weakened. By the way, a sanction reinforcement would lead to the weakening of the Russian currency (the Rouble) and restrict imports and stimulation of domestic production. On the other hand, if imported vitamins and some other substances will be not affordable, it will nega- tively affect the whole feed production sector. Of course, I would prefer a stable, progressive development. Within our company we move forward into research, development and production of those feed additives, thus reducing the need for in-feed antibiotics. In the Russian Federation, our compa- ny was the first to apply molecular-genetic methods of gut microflora analysis. Due to this we know better, than others, why and how certain additives can have an effect on the mi- crobiome. And we will do our best to develop, produce and sell novel efficient feed additives for affordable prices in Rus- sia and abroad. In the last five years, the sales of Biotrof has increased with 55%. I think we can grow even bigger than this in the future.”


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Biotrof offers a wide range of feed additives for poultry, pigs and dairy cattle.


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