Published on Monday, 19 November 2012 21:22
Myanmar Livestock Industry says Hong Kong offers to buy salted leathers although China bans importing livestock products from Myanmar.
“We get an offer from Hong Kong to buy salted leathers. It is in the initial stage now. We are just informing the businesses about that. If a contract is made, we could get a new market,” says vice chairman of Myanmar Livestock Industry.
It is said that leather products were formerly exported to Vietnam, Thailand, India and mostly China. However, the exportation has been stopped after China banned the products.
“China says they cannot accept our livestock products because of the foot and mouth disease,” said Dr Than Hla, adviser from Myanmar Livestock Industry.
However, there are more than 100 countries that are still not considered as foot-and-mouth-disease free, and even China itself cannot say that it is free from the disease. “We can accept the imposed ban (on livestock), but (the practice of) banning leather products should be reconsidered,” said Than Hla.
According to the releases from the industry, the livestock exported had been credited to US$87 million during the 2011-12 fiscal year.
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