THE 38th INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL EXHIBITION “SAUDI AGRICULTURE” TOOK PLACE IN RIYADH 21-24 OF OCTOBER.
The largest Saudi Arabian exhibition in the sector was held for the first time with a Russian stand presenting five companies – manufacturers of confectionery products, flour, meat and animal feed. Molvest brought premium alfalfa feed to the Arabian Peninsula. The Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli personally greeted the Russian exhibitors and expressed the hope that economic relations between our countries would develop and strengthen.
Saudi Arabia is the largest country on the Arabian Peninsula. It initially had difficult conditions for the development of agriculture due to the influence of dry and hot tropical climate. Nevertheless, poultry and livestock breeding are developing in the country, and the transition from traditional feed to compound feed is gradually taking place. The expansion of cattle breeding, caused by the rapidly growing population, is driving the growth of grain import. The country is increasing the import of livestock. So, within first seven months of this year, more than 4 million heads of cattle were imported to Saudi Arabia through the port of Jeddah (according to the Saudi Arabian Ports Authority). This is 21 percent more than over the same period last year.
“Saudi businessmen show a genuine interest in our product,” said Elena Ponomareva, Deputy General Director of “EcoKorm” LLC (part of Molvest Group of Companies). – We held dozens of negotiations, and signed an agreement of intent with one of the companies. The main challenge to be managed in the near future is reducing logistic costs. In the conditions of the newly opened market, prices for transport remain high. We will have to compete with American and European companies that were the first to enter the market of Saudi Arabia”.
The biomass drying plant (a subdivision of “EcoKorm” LLC) in Nikolaevka village, Anninsky District, Voronezh Region, set its sights on the external market for elite feed a long time ago. The countries of Europe, Asia and the Arab world are considered.
In the previous season, the plant covered Molvest internal needs for alfalfa and granulated grass meal. The surplus of products was sold to other regions of Russia and to the Baltic States. Thus, the focus of the first months of operation was on fine-tuning the main manufacturing processes in order to produce alfalfa for the new season in accordance with the international standards.
The company’s specialists managed to achieve bale density of 450 kg/m3 that is twice higher than the average indicator for Russia. The bale weight is about 800 kg. The height and width correspond with the European parameters (0.8 m and 1.2 m), while the length can be set to any size.
“The high density and the ability to vary the bale lengths make international shipping cost effective. In other words, we do not pay for air logistics, which would be inevitable with fixed dimentions. We can densely pack the containers of various capacities – a truck or a sea container. At the same time, possible volume changes of bales were taken into account, for example, a slight swelling during sea transportation”, – explained Vladimir Manuylov, General Director of “EcoKorm” LLC.
Russian alfalfa has first-class protein content of 22%. This result is worthy of the global premium feed market.
To enter the global feed market, the plant has also fine-tuned the production of dehydrated alfalfa. It is a valuable feed, high in carotene and protein, which is highly digestible and has a beneficial effect on animal health and key performance indicators. Milk yield increases by 12%, the weight gain of young rabbits and cattle – up to 15%, and the egg production of fowl – by 15%. While feed costs are reduced by up to 10 and even 20%.