Importing US Pork Will Kill Sector In India, Says NE Pig Farmers’ Body



The Federal

Pig farmers across the northeast have taken umbrage over the Union government’s decision to allow the import of US pork, contending that it will destroy the livelihood of lakhs of people and deal a body blow to a thriving sector.

United States’ Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack had recently announced that India is set to import pork and pork products for the first time, removing a long-standing barrier to US agricultural trade.

Pig farmers in the northeast, which consumes about 70 per cent of the country’s pork production, have been up in arms, fearing an uneven playing field and disruption to businesses in the region.

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