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Belarus domestic feed industry reaches the next level


Belarus has completed the first stage of building the Belarus National Biotechnological Corporation (BNBC) – the most expensive and ambitious project embarked on in the country’s agricultural industry over the past few decades.


BY VLADISLAV VOROTNIKOV, RUSSIAN CORRESPONDENT T


BNBC aims to produce 200,000 tonnes of feed additives, in- cluding lysine, L-threonine and L-tryptophan.


his project consists of 14 feed and feed additive plants. The first one began operation on 10 August. “At this plant, we will be producing a balanced and highly effective premix for all farmed animals,” said


Alexander Bildyukevich, director of BNBC’s biotechnological division, speaking during the opening ceremony. “The com- plex is designed to generate revenue of $ 650 million per year. This is slightly less than that of only two other Belarus compa- nies, Naftan and Mazyr (oil processing plants),” said Daniel Uritsky, director of BNBC, adding that the production of ami- no acids, the cornerstone of the project, should begin in March 2021. The complex is designed to produce 1 million tonnes of feed, but it is amino acids that should be the main


export commodity and generate the most added value and revenue. BNBC targets to produce 200,000 tonnes of feed ad- ditives, including lysine, L-threonine, L-tryptophan and glu- ten among others. The declared target is to capture from 5% to 10% of the European Union’s feed additives market, while selling substantial quantities to Russia, Ukraine, and several other countries in the former Soviet Union. The company has already signed export contracts worth $ 500 million, the BNBC press office reported. In particular, some initial export contracts have been inked in with customers in Norway. Be- sides that, BNBC has concluded an agreement with ‘a global trading company’, which is described as “the biggest supplier of amino acids to European customers” and which will pro- mote feed additives of Belarus origin. No additional informa- tion on that contract has been disclosed so far. “Our partners are looking forward to the launch of more plants. They are very interested in our production,” Ilya Snopkov, director of BNBC, said.


BNBC was the first company Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko visited after his controversial re-election in August. “Only four companies in the world have production at the same level. This is a brand new production complex that will purchase 700,000 tonnes of Belarus grain per year at the most competitive global prices,” Lukashenko said, during his visit. Lukashenko also ordered the government to make sure that BNBC is adequately supplied with raw mate- rials. The main raw material for lysine production is triticale, of which Belarus is one of the world’s largest producers. “In the future, the BNBC plans to grow its own grain to meet domestic needs,” Lukashenko said. BNBC will consume near- ly 10% of all grain harvested in Belarus. In 2020, the country is likely to have increased its grain harvest to at least 8.2 mil- lion tonnes this year from 7.33 million tonnes in 2019, the government estimated.


Rolling with the punches BNBC has been launched according to its original schedule, even despite the Covid-19 pandemic. According to


22 ▶ ALL ABOUT FEED | Volume 28, No. 8, 2020


PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK


PHOTO: BNBC


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