Korea resumes pork exports to Japan
Korea is to export it's first pork products in nine years to Japan this week according to the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
The country banned Korean imports in 2000 due to outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease and hog cholera. The resumption of trade is expected to help local farmers increase the production and sales.
“The decision to allow pork shipments was effectively reached in August at a bilateral quarantine and sanitation meeting,” a ministry official told Yonhap. “The resumption of exports will help the local hog industry and stabilise many farmers suffering from cheap imports affected by the Korea-EU free trade agreements.”
Total pork exports were $339.8 million a decade ago, but tumbled to $22.2 million after the Japanese ban was imposed in 2002. Last year total volume dropped again, to $10.4 million.
Now the government is hoping to help pork exports recover to $500 million by the year 2014.
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