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Vietnam to begin importing live pigs from Thailand from June 12

17:20 | 12/06/2020

From June 12, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has allowed businesses to import live pigs from Thailand. This move is to cool down pork prices which have skyrocketed in the domestic market recently. 

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Consumers are shopping for pork at a supermarket. (Photo: Nhan Dan)

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has given the green light for the import of live pigs from Thailand for farming and slaughter, starting from June 12, according to Nhan Dan.

In a dispatch sent on June 11, the ministry assigned the Department of Animal Health to issue instruction on sanitary measures for the imported pigs to meet regulations, prevent animal diseases and make sure of the security for the domestic herds.

The department director also has to coordinate with inter-sectoral agencies at entry ports and local authorities to strictly administer the imports.

vietnam to begin importing live pigs from thailand from june 12
This move is part of the efforts to cool down skyrocketing live pig prices (Photo: VOV)

This is the first time Vietnam has allowed live pigs import. This move is part of the efforts to cool down skyrocketing live pig prices in the domestic market.

According to Pham Van Dong, Director of the MARD’s Department of Animal Health, Thailand has effectively controlled the diseases, including the African swine fever, among pigs. All imported pigs from Thailand do not use prohibited substances within their pig farming process, meeting regulations set by both Thailand and Vietnam.

In addition, the imported live pigs have all been vaccinated to prevent both the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), or blue-ear pig disease, and foot and mouth disease.

vietnam to begin importing live pigs from thailand from june 12
Since the beginning of the year, Vietnam has imported 8,000 pigs (Photo: Cafebiz)

Eight Thai businesses have registered to export approximately 5 million live pigs to Vietnam. Vietnamese importers can only import pigs from Thailand's pig farming systems that have been certified by the Vietnamese veterinary agency.

According to MARD Deputy Minister Phung Duc Tien, the total number of pigs in Vietnam is 24.89 million as of May 30, equivalent of 80.3% compared with the end of 2018.

Since the beginning of the year, Vietnam has imported 8,000 pigs. Vietnam also plans to buy 100,000 additional breeding pigs over the year.

With such efforts to import more pigs, the domestic pork demand is expected to be met by the end of third quarter, Tien said, adding that Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered to import 100,000 tonned of pork.

During the first five months of 2020, Vietnam imported more than 70,000 tonned of pork.

In the domestic market, pork prices have skyrockered, reaching around more than VND 200,000 (US$ 8.57) per kilogram, VOV reported.

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