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Cambodian Pig Farmers Squeezed Out of Market

26 October 2012, at 1:19pm

CAMBODIA - Small scale pig farmers in Cambodia are struggling as cheaper imports from Thailand and big local farms are pushing them out of the market.

Pork is a popular product in Cambodia, with many farmers using pig farming to supplement their income. However, with pig prices decreasing, feed costs increasing and cheap imports from Thailand (where growth hormones are used), farmers are struggling, reports BangkokPost.

Cheaper imports have resulted in around 30 per cent of subsistence pig farmers leaving the industry with many more expected to follow if the government does not reduce the flow of pork from Thailand, said Prathna Preap, a swine market expert at the USAID-funded micro, small and medium enterprise strengthening project.

“Our local pigs sell for cheaper and cheaper prices because of all the importing happening now,“ Lim Oun, a 45-year-old farmer in Kandal province, told the newspaper.

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