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

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