After almost two years of negotiations, Serbia should start exporting pork to China by the end of the year. This was announced by Minister of Agriculture Branislav Nedimovic, who spoke with his Chinese counterpart Han Changfu in Beijing.
Although according to the lunar calendar, this is the year of the pig in China, for the Asian country, it seems that this year is the year of problems with pigs. African swine fever has killed millions of animals, causing a decline in the production of pork in China. The gap between supply and demand in the Chinese market could be filled to a certain extent by Serbia.
Serbian Agriculture Minister Branislav Nedimovic said he had received support for Serbian meat exports to China during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Han Changfu.
“This is a result of years of the work done by the Ministry, but also of the political support we have received from the President of China and President Vucic regarding the opening of the Chinese market to many Serbian products,” said Nedimovic.
China is the largest consumer of pork in the world. Last year, 560 million tonnes of pork was consumed in the country, which means that, on average, every Chinese man ate 40 kilos of this meat.
“Surely we can export 500,000 pigs by the end of this year and the beginning of next year. China is the best market for pork and the market that pays best. There is no better business for pig farming than to enter the Chinese market,” concluded Nedimovic.
China alone produces most of the pork consumed, while the rest is imported from the United States, Canada and Europe.
Source; Serbian Monitor