July 21, 2022
Cambodia pork supply adequate until end 2022
Cambodia's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said the country has sufficient pork supply for local consumption until the end of this year, which means they do not need to import pork, The Phnom Penh Post reported.
Tan Phannara, director-general of the General Department of Animal Health and Production, said the ministry has not allowed the import of swine for nine months now because local production has been sufficient.
His agency has worked with the necessary parties over the past few months to crack down on 16 incidents of unauthorised live swine imports in an effort to stop illicit imports.
In a case that occurred last week, 80 pigs that entered Cambodia from Vietnam through the Prey Veng province were killed and burned after being quarantined on suspicion of having African swine fever (ASF).
He said the country does not need to import swine to supply the local market through the end of the year, adding that they will continue to encourage farmers to raise more animals, whose husbandry capacity has increased since 2020, in response to Prime Minister Hun Sen's call to reduce imports and increase domestic production.
The current supply of pigs, according to Srun Pov, president of the Cambodia Livestock Raisers Association (CLRA), was not only sufficient but also facing an excess, which put a slight downward pressure on the price of the live animals.
He said that it makes little sense to import them into Cambodia because the going rates for live hogs in neighbouring nations are more expensive than the prices of Cambodian swine.
Mong Reththy, chairman of the Mong Reththy Group, said producers and investors can now raise three million swine on average each year.
He said swine production has increased significantly, with a daily supply of 8,300 swine on the domestic market, which has just barely outpaced demand.
Srun added that the cost of live swine is anticipated to return to normal in the middle of August. Despite having a daily need for about 8,000 swine, domestic production outpaces demand in Cambodia.
- The Phnom Penh Post