Peru opens discussion for pork exports to China
Peru is looking to start discussions about exporting pork in the Chinese market, hoping to take advantage of increased domestic production reported in the last couple of years and low consumption rate in the country. At the end of this week, a delegation led by the Deputy Minister of the General Customs Administration of China, Hu Wei, arrived in Peru to examine the possibility of initiating efforts for the entrance of Peruvian pork in the Chinese market, announced the Minister of Agriculture of Peru, Jorge Montenegro.
Negotiation process could be extended for months but lately, China has started discussions for pork imports with several small producers in Europe that haven't been impacted by the ASF virus, such as Norway. China's deficit on pork is estimated at 10 million tonnes for this year and is expected to become even larget in 2020 offering benefits even for small players in the global industry, as long as they met the requirements to enter the Chinese market.
The Peruvian pig census amounts to 598,363 producers, of which 76% own farms with less than 49 heads of pigs. Pig meat production in recent years has increased by 5.1% but per capita consumption is still low (7.6 kg).
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