Illicit export of pigs from Thailand to Myanmar rampant

The swine industry is in a difficult time, given what is happening in the region and the impact those developments caused, an industry leader said.

U Zaw Myo Tun, joint secretary from Myanmar Livestock Federation said that China decided to end imports from Vietnam, due to a territory dispute at sea, and Japan stopped the purchase of swine from Thailand for four months after discovering an infection involving swine-specific disease.

As the Vietnam swine market collapsed, Thai brokers bought the animals with low price, resulting in Thai swine farms being infected with the disease. As a consequence Japan stopped Thailand imports for a four-month period. But, pigs from Thailand are still being exported illegally to Myanmar.

The pork meat shipments have affected the domestic market.

Vietnam pork meat have observed in the local market at the end of May and it is likely there are more, Vietnam Economic Times reported. The first shipment was 26 tonnes and 40 tonnes will be exported monthly. The Myanmar Investment Commission has also allowed Thai conglomerate, CP, for swine farming.

“The slaughterhouses didn’t buy the pigs from us, because they got the cheaper Thailand ones. When we sell K5000 for a viss, they could get Thailand pig for K2400. Though they explained that the local consumers and the households will meat at a cheap price, I found the retail pork price stable, more than K10,000 for a viss.

Another challenge is the animal feed miller also works for animal breeding. So the supply and demand are not corresponding to one another. That why we negotiated with the ministry four times. And we tried to meet with Hluttaw,” he added.

Local swine prices dropped as the price for a live one is K2,500 a viss. In Myanmar, poultry farming is the largest breeding work. In 2016-17 fiscal year, a number of chicken 318 million while the number of pigs 17.6 million. But insiders told The Myanmar Times that the accurate data is difficult to gather.

SOURCE: MYANMAR TIMES

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