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YEKATERINBURG, August 8. /TASS/. The recipe for France’s renowned delicacy, foie gras, is on its way to Russia, as plans are on the table to manufacture it here domestically. Russia's Economic Development Ministry would sponsor the construction of a foie gras production plant in the Saratov Region, Deputy Economic Development Minister Alexander Tsybulsky told TASS on Monday.
"Yes, we will support it - administratively and substantially. As for additional financial support, we must review the project and use available instruments," Tsybulsky said.
The new product will be aimed at a narrow consumer segment, he added. "We will thus fit it into the import substitution program, though in a niche segment. This is a full-scale import substitution project because we have never had foie gras production before," the deputy minister noted adding that the Russian producer has every possibility to make high-quality goods.
TASS earlier reported that the new plant may help resolve acute unemployment plaguing the Petrovsky district of the Saratov Region. According to the local Ministry of Economic Development and Investment Policy, "Ptichy Krai" LLC is ready to invest 6 billion rubles (nearly $92 million) in the production of elite poultry and foie gras.
The plant is expected to work at full capacity by 2019. It will produce around 12,000 tons of duck meat and 250 tons of foie gras annually.