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· Germany in talks with Asia to lift pork import bans, says minister
· Germany finds one new swine fever case in wild boar
Germany in talks with Asia to lift pork import bans, says minister
Reporting by Michael Hogan; Editing by Edmund Blair, Reuters
Oct 16, 2020
HAMBURG (Reuters) - Germany has received some “cautious, positive signals” during talks with Asian nations about easing a ban on German pork imposed after African swine fever (ASF) was found in the European country, the agriculture minister said on Friday.
China and other Asian buyers imposed the ban in September after Germany confirmed its first ASF case, driving down German pork prices. Prices have recently steadied.
ASF is not dangerous to humans but is fatal to pigs. A massive outbreak in China, the world’s biggest pork producer, and elsewhere in Asia changed global pork trade flows.
“We are continuing to work to enable the export of pigmeat in third countries,” Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner told a German farming conference.
China, South Korea and Japan are major export markets, particularly for parts Europeans do not eat, she said.
She said talks covered possible “regionalisation agreements” what would involve banning pork only from areas of the country where ASF had been found rather than a blanket national ban.
Kloecker said she met a Japanese delegation...
Germany finds one new swine fever case in wild boar
Reporting by Michael Hogan; Editing by Kirsten Donovan, Reuters
Oct 16, 2020
HAMBURG (Reuters) - One more case of African swine fever (ASF) has been found in the wild boar population in Brandenburg, the eastern German region’s government said on Friday.
That brings the number of confirmed cases to 70 since the first on Sept. 10. All were in wild animals in the region and no farm pigs have been affected so far.
China and other pork buyers banned imports of German pork after the first case was confirmed, causing Chinese pork prices to surge and German prices to fall.
ASF is not dangerous to humans but it is fatal to pigs and a massive outbreak in China and elsewhere in Asia led to massive changes to the pork trade.
German pig farmers are currently suffering a double blow from lower prices after ASF and reduced slaughterhouse capacity due to the coronavirus crisis, German agriculture minister Julia Kloeckner said separately in a speech at a German farming conference.
That is leading to problems with unsold pigs having to remain on German farms, Kloeckner said. However, she added that state aid such as subsidised storage of unsold pork was currently not justified.
Several German slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants became COVID-19 hotspots this summer, sparking a major industry shake-up with new health measures leading to reduced capacity.
Clear regulations must be developed...