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South Africa in talks with Thailand, China on red meat exports

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Staff writer ▼ | March 4, 2016
Bheki Cele
Meat trade   Deputy Agriculture Minister Bheki Cele:

South Africa is in talks with Asian nations on exporting red-meat to the region, with the trade valued at $619 million annually, Deputy Agriculture Minister Bheki Cele said.

Thailand and China’s special administrative region of Hong Kong are among areas that have approached South Africa for meat, he said.

Should South Africa conclude meat-export pacts, it would need 488 inspectors to examine the veterinary and phytosanitary requirements.

The national Treasury will allocate about $37 million towards their training. “Once they are trained, we will be able to unlock the $619 million business,” Cele said.

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