Yamal Reindeer Blood to China?

May 8, 2010 • Philip BurgessBlog

The preserved blood of reindeer could become a promising area of cooperation between Russia’s Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area and China, a deputy governor of the region in Russia’s Far North said Sunday.

The Yamal-Nenets area, “Russia’s outpost in the Arctic,” became the first of Russian regions to present itself at the international exhibition World Expo 2010 that opened in Shanghai on Saturday.

The deputy governor, Andrei Kugayevsky, responsible for his area’s agroindustrial sector, told RIA Novosti that China showed interest in receiving preserved reindeer blood.

“China is likely to be the main consumer of preserved reindeer blood as they actively use biostimulants it contains,” he also said.

Kugayevsky said blood preservation makes it possible to produce various substances used in pharmacology.

The 2010 World Expo fair is to run from May 1 to October 31. Some 70 million visitors are expected to attend the event.