Norway plans to increase pork exports to Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian media reports.
According to Nortura,©a Norwegian agricultural cooperative, in 2010 the volume of pork production in Norway will amount to 127,300 tones which together with the imports of about 2,000 tonnes will exceed the local consumer demand by about 3,400 tonnes.
In 2009 the number of pigs slaughtered in Norway increased by 4% to a record 1.43 million animals compared to 2008. According to initial plans of the Norwegian authorities, the surplus of pork this year will be shipped to the Ukrainian market.
In October 2009, the Veterinary Committee of Ukraine stopped several batches of the Norwegian pork at the border due to concerns about the novel influenza A/H1N1 virus in swine herds in Norway, however its seems that this year Norway will be able to resume exports to Ukraine. (Evegen Vorotnikov)