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Philippines tests out Taiwan pork imports

The Philippines imported small batches of pork from Taiwan on a trial basis last month but could increase imports to rebuild its pork industry.

24 March 2021, at 9:40am

Reporting in the Taipei Times explains that the imports could extend to breeding swine as the Philippines moves to shore up its domestic hog industry after outbreaks of African swine fever.

Taiwan was unable to export its pork products for 23 years due to ongoing outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). However, the OIE declared Taiwan FMD-free in June 2020. The country is now capitalising on its disease-free status and is exploring new markets for its pork.

In 2020, Taiwan exported 4,500 tons of pork products, generating over $23 million in revenues.

Concerns about African swine fever (ASF) also underpin the Philippines’ decision to ramp up imports from Taiwan. Taiwan has kept the deadly pig disease at bay and importing ASF-free breeding pigs will put the Philippines on a good trajectory to rebuild its pig herd.

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