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    UFA, May 21 (RIA Novosti-Volga) - An ostrich farm was open in the village of Sterlibashevo (Bashkiria, the Volga federal district) two years ago, director of the local hatchery Airat Farkhshatov told RIA Novosti.

    The farm has five male and four female ostriches brought from Russia's southern regions. In spring the females laid eggs and the first chickens will hatch in late May.

    "We plan to enlarge the number of ostriches to produce both eggs and meat," Mr. Farkhshatov said.

    In his words, ostriches are undemanding and can endure Ural winter. An ostrich needs two kilograms of mixed fodder a day and much water.

    The ostrich meat and eggs are very nourishing.

    According to experts, the breeding of these exotic giant birds in Central Russia is beneficial.

    The first ostrich farm was founded in the Moscow region in the end of 2002. However, ostrich meat is very expensive. One kilogram costs 2,500 rubles in Moscow shops (1 dollar is 29 rubles), which is 25 times more expensive than beef.

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