Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has approved the import of live pigs from Thailand for breeding and meat from Friday.

This is the first time Vietnam has given green light to the import of live pigs in an attempt to counter the rising prices of domestic pigs, according to Vietnam News on June 12, 2020. Sigh.

In a document sent on Thursday, the ministry directed its animal health department to issue detailed instructions on sanitary measures for imported pigs in line with existing regulations to prevent animal diseases and ensure the safety of domestic herds.

The director of the department is also responsible for advancing its coordination with the inter-sectoral agencies at ports of entry and local authorities to control imports strictly.

There are now eight Thai businesses that have legal farms to register their pig exports to Vietnam. The number of Thai businesses that have the right to export pigs to Vietnam could increase if Vietnam has a high demand for pig for slaughter.
Update: October