Bright outlook for Thai pork exportsBy Digital Content | 4 ม.ค. 2556 09:41 | 682 views | View Comment
BANGKOK, Jan 4 – Thailand’s pork exports are surging with new orders from several countries thanks to the country’s internationally-recognised production standard, according to Agriculture Minister Yukol Lim-laemthong.
He said new export-destination countries such as India and Singapore have ordered cooked and processed pork from Thailand, which had so far exported the products to Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam. Thailand exported hogs, as well as fresh and processed pork, at a total value of Bt3.9 billion last year.
The livestock region in eastern Thailand will be declared free of foot and mouth disease in May after an endorsement by the World Organisation for Animal Health.
The positive news will contribute to increasing the export volume of Thai hogs and pork products, he said.
On stabilising the prices of hogs and pork products, Mr Yukol said a Bt61.8 million budget is allocated for the scheme between December to June this year when hogs will be purchased from local breeders to be exported to Southeast Asian countries, particularly Laos and Cambodia.
When the pork price is lower than Bt55 per kg, 150,000 hogs will be bought for export to help breeders, he explained, adding that the Livestock Department was assigned to set up an ad hoc committee to work on the scheme.
The price of farm-breeding hogs is currently at Bt57.90/kg while the breeding cost is Bt58-59. (MCOT online news)