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Pork prices may increase further after disease outbreak in pigs

by 5m Editor
18 February 2008, at 10:41am

THAILAND - PRRS and enteric disease are being blamed for a predicted rise in pork prices. The highs are expected to kick in within the next two months.

The Bangkok Post reports tight supplies as a result of diarrhoea outbreak a few months ago that killed several hundred thousand piglets.

Porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) has killed 500,000 to 600,000 piglets since November 2007, and with no vaccine available against PED farmers are struggling to combat and control the disease.

All they can do is sanitise their farms and provide clean feed, said Surachai Sutthitham, president of the Swine Raisers Association of Thailand.

As a result, a short supply of live pigs is likely over the next two months, Mr Surachai said. However, he said, the association promised to deal with the anticipated shortage and ensure continuous supply during the period.

"We confirm that supply will not reach a critical state, but consumers may have to consume pigs that are a smaller size," said Mr Surachai.

Currently, swine raisers supply about 40,000 live pigs every day to meet domestic consumption demand, which stands at around the same number. Exports, notably to Japan and Hong Kong, are still relatively small compared with domestic consumption. According to the association, pork exports, mainly in frozen and cooked form, accounted for just about 1% of total supply.

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