: South Africa wants to buy Ukrainian pork

18:20 Jun. 3, 2016

South Africa wants to buy Ukrainian pork

Photo source: UNIAN

Swine breeders looking for new markets

The Republic of South Africa may start buying Ukrainian pork, according to the press service of the Association of Pig Producers of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Rights Protection has received an offer from South African authorities to start supplying Ukrainian pork to that market, the press service reported with reference to Head of the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Rights Protection Volodymyr Lapa.

Ukrainian pork producers have repeatedly complained about declining profitability due to low prices of their products. Prices declined against a backdrop of the growth of supply in the aftermath of Russia's import embargo, as well as the weaker purchasing power of many Ukrainian consumers.

In addition, the pork industry is experiencing animal epidemic of an extremely dangerous viral disease – African swine fever. In this regard, swine breeders are looking for new markets, with Asia and Africa viewed as the most promising destinations.

Reporting by UNIAN.

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