Imports of low-quality meat could destabilize national meat markets - Yushchenko

10:44, 30 July 2008
Ukraine
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President calls on to cancel Government’s decisions

President Victor Yushchenko wrote a letter today to Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. In his letter President drew Prime Minister’s attention to problems in Ukrainian animal husbandry, according to the President`s press-office.

According to him due to increasing imports of cheap and low-quality meat could destabilize national meat markets and result in decreasing domestic purchase prices, which subsequently would harm national producers of meat products.

As evidence of harmful effects of increasing raw meat imports President named reduction of national livestock by 10,1 percent for cattle and 19,3 percent for pigs.

Beside that, President pointed to harmful effect of selling foreign-produced meat at dumping prices through State committee on state material reserve.

Regarding all that President Yushchenko requested the Government:

- to cancel Government’s decisions on selling foreign-produced raw meat at dumping prices;

- to make sure that all-out veterinary inspections of each lot of imported meat is conducted;

- to implement new standards for production of meat products;

- to arrange proper inspectioning of raw meat at the boarder by national customs service and with participation of foreign customs bodies;

- to foresee proper spendings on the needs of national agricultural goods` producers in alterations to 2008 budget.

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