Feb 09, 2017 Market Comments Off on New agriculture minister goes to bat for pig farmers
The new head of the Council of Agriculture, Lin Tsung-hsien, said Thursday he would fight for the interests of the country's pig farmers.
Lin was asked if there would be an opening to imports of American pork containing ractopamine. The drug is a food additive that makes pork less fatty.
Lin pointed out that the drug is banned in Taiwan. He said that while the Council of Agriculture does not take the lead in trade talks, it does have a representative at the World Trade Organization.
"Regarding the impact of imports on domestic farmers, if we take pork as an example, we will certainly fight for the best interests of pig farmers in the course of negotiations," Lin said.
Taiwan has thus far resisted pressure from the United States to accept pork imports with ractopamine. There are concerns however that the new Trump administration may seek to drive a tougher line on trade.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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