BELARUS- The Belarussian National Biotechnological Corporation (BNBC) has embarked on the production of feed threonine and tryptophane, alongside lysine sulfate and lysine monochloride, as announced by Daniil Uritsky, the head of BNBC. 

This expansion comes despite being barred from the European market, presenting challenges and opportunities for the Belarus-based company.

Uritsky commended the approval granted by Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko several years ago, which allowed the initiation of the BNBC project. 

Notably, BNBC is one of only 12 companies globally producing feed threonine and one of just six producing feed tryptophane, highlighting the strategic importance of the venture.

While specific production figures were not disclosed, in 2019, BNBC officials outlined their intentions to manufacture 64,700 tonnes of lysine, 5,900 tonnes of L-threonine, and 1,300 tonnes of L-tryptophan annually.

Despite the initial plan to export 20% of their products to Europe and the Middle East, BNBC has faced logistical challenges due to Western sanctions. 

Uritsky revealed that the company has adapted by increasing exports to Russia and now exports an impressive 85% of its production volume. He further emphasized that BNBC has successfully met 100% of the demand in the Belarussian feed market.

The European market had originally played a pivotal role in BNBC’s export program. In 2019, the corporation aimed to satisfy 5% to 10% of the amino acid demand in the European Union market. 

Preliminary agreements were reportedly made with significant European customers before the production launch. However, sanctions imposed in 2020 and 2022 have obstructed BNBC’s access to the European market.

Despite these setbacks, BNBC’s operational success has exceeded initial plans, boosting the Belarussian agriculture sector. 

Uritsky highlighted the higher added value of tryptophane compared to raw grain sales, stating, “If we make tryptophane from it, we can sell it for US$10,000 [per ton].

Looking ahead, BNBC plans to expand further, intending to add capacities for feed vitamin production. Uritsky revealed the company’s plans to introduce new essential amino acids, vitamins, and components for medical use.

To support BNBC’s expansion, the Belarussian government has increased the company’s land bank by transferring agricultural land from several districts of the Minsk region under BNBC management. 

These developments signal a determined effort to overcome challenges and carve out a global feed additives market niche.

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