Thailand's Thai Swine Raisers Association yesterday (July 13) officially asked the Government to stop any attempt by the United States to pressure Thailand to open its market for US pork imports reasoning that it will adversely hurt the country's pig farming industry with market value of over 100 million baht a year.
The association said the call for market opening was pushed by US pork producers to President Donald Trump to negotiate with Thailand for the opening of the market for US pork meats.
Association president Surachai Sutthitham submitted the letter to the Commerce Minister via the deputy director-general of the Department of Trade Negotiations Narong Poonpipat yesterday.
Mr Surachai said the association realised of the serious impact on Thai pig farming if US pork is allowed in the Thai market. The US pig farming also enjoy state subsidies, he said.
He said currently pork production in the kingdom meets sanitary standard and the current pork supplies come from about 15 million pigs, which is enough for domestic consumption with only about 4-5 % surplus.
There are about 300,000 pig farmings nationwide, while pork market value is about 100 million baht a year.
He also said the use of beta agonist, synthetic substance to increase muscle-to-fat ratio and produce lean meat is allowed in the US pig farming but it is banned by laws in Thailand.
Therefore the association urged that the government ban pork imports from the US, he said, otherwise Thai pig farming would suffer hard.
Thailand is under growing pressure from President Trump to allow pork imports from the US, especially pig parts US consumers generally avoid eating, such as heads, giblets, legs, and offal.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)