ASF spreading across Vietnam
21st May 2019 / By Alistair Driver
More than 2,000 new cases of African swine fever have been confirmed in Vietnam, according to the global animal health body OIE.
The disease, first confirmed in Vietnam in February, has so far affected over 1.3 million domestic pigs.
After a decline in 2018, Vietnamese pig meat production had been expected to recover this year, although this now appears unlikely.
AHDB lead analyst Duncan Wyatt said: “The UK does not have market access to Vietnam at the moment, but rising import demand means AHDB has identified it as a market with some modest potential for low value cuts and pig offal in the future.
“The EU-Vietnam FTA is expected to come into force this year giving European pork increased market access and reduced tariffs barriers. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, this would make life more difficult for UK exporters even if access were obtained.”