The Group has programmes in place aimed at minimising its environmental impact and reducing consumption of energy and natural resources. Each of our facilities sets targets on reducing air pollution, waste generation and energy consumption in line with the Russian legislation and best industry practices. Also, we comply with the regulations on establishing buffer zones around our production facilities. Cherkizovo Group monitors environmental conditions at the production facilities, does regular assessments and takes measures to prevent and minimise any negative impact on the environment in the regions where it operates. For example, as part of our vertically integrated business model, manure from the farms has been certified as an organic fertiliser that can be used by the Grain division.
Each facility is fully equipped with all the necessary tools to minimise biological risks associated with animal farming and meat processing. We make every effort to ensure compliance of our production with international best practices and to guarantee security at animal farms. Among other things, we have introduced strict access control, limits on visits, and clinical examinations, as well as prohibited employees from entering different production facilities, ensured smooth operation of all veterinary and sanitary facilities, and provided veterinary care for all stock.
Seamless monolithic floors at the nursery
and finisher sites
For several years now, the Group has been pouring seamless monolithic floors at the nursery and finisher sites of its Pork division. This technology is widely used in runway construction and represents a unique innovation in pig farming, making it possible to completely manure-proof the soil.
Soil improvement programme
The Grain division is taking active measures to improve the soil. Its amelioration programme aims to reduce soil acidity and raise the pH value from 4.5 to 6–6.5. In 2017, we treated around 10,000 ha of land with a deoxidiser, and we intend to make it 25,000 ha in 2018.