Thailand: Pig exports banned tomorrow
A senior finance ministry official announced on
Saturday that as of tomorrow, it will be forbidden to move pigs out of the zones
where they are raised.
In addition, a full ban on exporting live pigs to neighbouring countries will
be issued by the deputy prime minister and minister for commerce, Mingkwan
Yanyong Phuangrach, director-general of the Internal Trade Department,
announced that the reason for the ban is to try to contain the rising price of
pork, now averaging around 120 baht (US$3.81) per kg.
The bans will remain in effect until the price of pork "returns to normal,"
said Mr Yangong without specifying a target price.
Some pork traders have promised the government to maintain a price of 98 baht
(US$3.11) per kilo for the coming two months.
Transporting swine within districts will
now require permission from provincial commercial officials. Violation will
result in a maximum of fiver years in prison and/or fines up to 100,000 baht
Mr Yanyong insisted that pork would be available for 98 baht(US$3.11) at
least through April, and prices of pork "will fall to a reasonable level" after
the Ministry has solved the pig problems.
There is likely to be a major knock-on problem in neighbouring countries,
particularly Malaysia, which is the biggest importer of Thai swine.
â€¢ Thai Ministry of Commerce
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