Illegal pork shipments from Thailand has affected the domestic meat market in Myanmar. Myanmar Livestock Federation joint secretary U Zaw Myo Tun said the country’s swine industry is being challenged because of developments in Vietnam and Thailand. “The slaughterhouses do not buy the pigs from us, as supply from Thailand is half of what our pigs cost,” said Mr Zaw.
Excessive supply of Vietnamese pork has flooded Thailand’s meat market after tough crackdowns by Chinese authorities on illegal border trade. As Vietnam’s swine market collapsed, Thai brokers then brought the hogs into the country at a low price, resulting in domestic swine farms being infected with disease. Consequently, Japan has stopped Thai pork imports for a four-month period due to the disease, while pigs from Thailand are being exported illegally into Myanmar.