Domestic pig farmers hit as pork imports jump 35 percent

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Domestic pig farmers hit as pork imports jump 35 percent

Korea’s pork imports soared nearly 35 percent in January from the previous month, dragging down prices and posing a threat to pig farms in the country, sources said yesterday.

According to data from the Animal, Plant and Fisheries Quarantine and Inspection Agency, the country’s pork imports amounted to about 27,000 tons in January, up 34.7 percent from December 2012. Compared with a year ago, pork imports rose 5.3 percent in January.

Nearly 60 percent, or 15,000 tons, of the pork imported in January came from the United States. Yonhap

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