In May 2006 «EXIMA« and MIKOYAN meat processing plant started construction of the first Swine Genetic Selection Center in Russia in the Oryol region. The goal of the project «Znamensky GSC» is to improve in the shortest possible time the genetic part of the swine production chain and on this basis to provide for the accelerated development of the industry.
Agro-industrial holding «EXIMA» is one of the largest Russian food producers and suppliers. The Company takes an active part in the implementation of the State Program for the Development of Agriculture in Russia from 2008 till 2012 and up to 2020. The Agro-industrial holding «EXIMA» includes 20 enterprises with over 10 thousand employees. The Central enterprise of the group is the MIKOYAN meat processing plant — the largest meat-processor in Russia.
Today «EXIMA» is a multi-profile agro-industrial and trading company with a developing vertically integrated holding structure. The Company annually supplies to the consumer market over 500 ths. tons of food commodities, including meat and meat products, sugar, butter and vegetable oil, milk and dairy products, flour and cereals, potatoes, vegetables and many other products.
Znamensky Genetic Selection Center (GSC) is the first state-of-the-art genetic center in pig breeding in Russia. The main task of the center is the supply of high quality swine genetics to commercial farms for the production of the best pork for all the citizens of Russia. The main product of the center is «F1 pig» that is a high-yielding two-breed hybrid. The «Znamensky» project includes: a Genetic Selection Center, an agro-industrial enterprise with the territory of 40.000 hectares, a new feed milling plant (with the capacity of 175.000 tons a year), an elevator with the simultaneous storage volume of 100.000 tons and a modern slaughterhouse with a slaughtering capacity of 1 mln. heads a year.
Three nucleus farms, an AI station and one multiplier unit at the «Znamensky Genetic Selection Center» have been built and put into operation. The farms have already produced more than 70 thousand purebred animals of Canadian breeds under supervision of the Hypor. The construction of 2 other breeding multiplier farms will be completed in 2011.