Kazakhstan to begin pork exports to ChinaChristian Fernsby ▼ | October 20, 2019
Kazakhstan and China signed a trade deal allowing Kazakhstan pig farmers to export their products to China.
Asia Kazakhstan may establish export of up to 100,000 tonnes of pork
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In 2019, Kazakhstan expanded agricultural exports to China 41% as compared to the same period of the previous year to US$196 million, Kazakh deputy agricultural minister Gulmira Isaeva outlined that at a press-conference after signing the deal.
So far, Kazakhstan has been exporting primarily cereals to China, and it is believed that meat products and feed also have a rather high export potential, Isaeva added.
The signing of the trade deal is important not only to expand export supplies, but also to attract more Chinese investments into the Kazakh pig industry, Isaeva said.
Kazakhstan may establish export of up to 100,000 tonnes of pork, if the country would be approved to supply live pigs and meat to the Chinese market, the Kazakh Union of Pig Producers forecasted earlier this year. The 2 most promising markets are China and Russia both of which are struggling against the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus.
Kazakhstan is free from ASF, although during the past few years some outbreaks were registered in Russia not far from the Russian-Kazakh border. ■