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How PSA affected Bulgarian pork production and meat trade

Frozen Pork Ham & Shoulder
Bulgaria
Published Oct 15, 2021

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In 2020 and 2021, Bulgaria made significant progress in restoring the national swine herd after African Swine Fever (PSA) hit the country in 2018. In 2020, 60,000 live pigs, more than twice as much as 2019, were imported from the Netherlands , Croatia, Denmark and Slovakia. Imported pigs were used mainly as breeders and occasionally as fattening pigs. In 2021 (January-May), imports decreased 29% and are expected to be lower this year than in 2020.

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In 2020 and 2021, Bulgaria made significant progress in restoring the national swine herd after African Swine Fever (PSA) hit the country in 2018. In 2020, 60,000 live pigs, more than double that of 2019, were imported from the Netherlands, Croatia, Denmark and Slovakia. Imported pigs were used mainly as breeders and occasionally as fattening pigs. In 2021 (January-May), imports decreased 29% and are expected to be lower this year than in 2020. Lower profitability of pork production and the last outbreak of PSA in August, which created uncertainty for investors, limited imports. So far, exports of live pigs in 2020 and 2021 have been zero due to trade restrictions due to PSA. Pork imports in 2020 were 157944 ton carcass weight, an increase of 2.6% compared to 2019 in order to compensate for the lower domestic production. The main suppliers of pork were Spain, Germany, Belgium and France. Lower domestic stocks and strong consumer demand boosted imports. In the period between ...
Source: 3tres3
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