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Thailand's pork exports up 9%

Thai processed pork exports were up 9% in the first three months of 2007, with Japan leading the way, the Thai Swine Producers and Processors for Export Association revealed.

Exports to Japan grew 23% to 1,644 tonnes, more than making up for the reduced exports of frozen pork to Hong Kong, which now bars sales of frozen pork in fresh pork markets.

Export forecast
Overall, Thailand's pork export trend this year looks promising, with shipments anticipated to increase by 8% to 12,000 tonnes, over last years 11.000.

The onus on pork exporters this year would be on expanding processed pork shipments to new markets, including Singapore, South Korea and Europe.

In March this year, Singapore authorities visited Thailand and certified Thai processed pork factories.

The government's policy to create a zone, free of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD), is hoped to help increase exports.

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