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Vietnam imports 500 live pigs from Thailand

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HCMC – The first batch of 500 live pigs weighing 90-130 kilograms each was transported by road from Thailand to Nghe An Province’s Nghia Dan District on June 18.

After completing the quarantine period, these live pigs, imported by Thanh Do Nghe An Company, will be shipped to the Ha Nam cattle and poultry wholesale market to serve local consumers, contributing to pork supply and price stabilization efforts, reported the Vietnam News Agency.

The workers at the Veterinary Subdepartment for Region 3 have instructed the owner of the batch on how to adopt disinfection and sterilization methods, monitor the health of these pigs and take their samples for testing.

If the test results come back negative for the coronavirus within five days, the competent forces will issue quarantine certificates to the importer so it can transport these live pigs to slaughtering facilities.

Nguyen Van Thanh, director of Thanh Do Nghe An Company, said that following the first batch, the firm will import some 4,000-5,000 live pigs to Vietnam each day. The price of the pigs is expected at VND80,000 per kilogram.

Many firms expect the supply of live pigs to remain stable and adequate enough to serve slaughter houses and customers, according to La Duc Quynh, chairman of Duc Tin Agricultural Products JSC, which is the owner of the Ha Nam cattle and poultry wholesale market.

After the first batch, the volume of live pigs shipped to the market will be higher, Quynh added.

Speaking of the requirements for live pig imports, Le Dinh Hue, head of the Veterinary Subdepartment for Region 3, said that live pigs must be quarantined and transported via special-use vehicles, which must be sterilized.

From June 12, Vietnam’s eligible importers are allowed to import live pigs from Thailand and as many as 15 firms have registered to import pigs from Thailand to Vietnam.

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