Pig producers in Cambodia say they cannot support the expansion of their farms while facing both rising operating costs and the falling market price of pork.
The price of pork has fallen by some 2,000 riels per kilogram this year while feed prices have more than doubled. Farm supervisor Srun Sour told local newspapers that the Cambodian government should cut the number of imported pigs to assure the sustainability of the local industry.
According to the governmental Animal Health and Production Department, Cambodia imports 600 pigs per day from Thailand for the Phnom Phen market.
"We are trying to promote pig farms to provide jobs to local people—especially farmers who grow corn, soybeans, and rice. But imported pigs from neighbouring countries threaten our farms," Srun Sour said.