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What is behind the high prices? Beh Kim Hee, chief of the pork section of the Federation of Livestock Farmers Associations of Malaysia, says it's normal supply and demand. Demand is up because of the holidays. At the same time, the need to upgrade production facilities to meet sanitary standards is raising the cost of production.
Those who blame the government seem to be on to something, as well. The government bans the import of fresh pork from neighboring countries like
Vietnam, China, and , where it is a third or more cheaper. National Pork Sellers Association president Goh Chui Lai has urged the government to end the ban. Not surprisingly, Mr. Beh, the pig farmers’ representative, objects to removal of the ban. Thailand
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