Company in Cambodia buys US$5 million worth of Yorkshires to boost production
A Cambodian company is importing pigs from Yorkshire England to boost production in the country.
The Mong Reththy Group, headed by Mong Reththy, a Cambodian People's Party senator and co-chair of the Agricultural and Agro-Industry Working Group, would be spending US$5 million to purchase and import the Yorkshire breeders.
The senator said the only solution for meeting Cambodia's pork demand in the future is to import genuine breeders and distribute them to local pig raisers. He added the breeding program would only be successful with the cooperation of local pig farmers.
The company will import 600 male and female breeders starting from December this year to February 2009, he told The Swine Business Forum, sponsored by the Cambodia Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) project.
The project is a joint effort between the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy and USAID and seeks to work with pig raisers to improve cooperation, production methods and health standards.
Cambodia currently needs about 7,000 pigs per day for domestic consumption. The country currently imports about 800 pigs a day from Thailand.