On August 24th 2012 at Phuket Town Hall Vice Governor of Phuket Mr.Somkiet Sangkhaosutthirak together with Mr.Weerasit Putthipairoj from Phuket Provincial Livestock and relevant agencies partook in a meeting about Phuket’s need for more pork.
Mr.Weerasit mentioned about the quota of imported pork that comes to Phuket, stating that as Phuket is just a little island there is not enough farms and pork for its population and tourists. There are currently about 5,000 pigs imported per month, half of the amount of pigs that Phuket can produce. This amount of imported pork, which comes from other southern provinces, is now insufficient. Therefore, a meeting with all relevant sectors is needed in order to assess the need of the amount of pork imports from the region.
The meeting agreed that orders should also be made from the middle of Thailand, where the demand is lower. It will also be necessary to determine the appropriate quantity of imports per month, ensuring there is minimal or no impact on the farmers in Phuket.
Mr.Weerasit added that Phuket Provincial Livestock Office has always adhered to its “Food Safety” project when it comes to the food available for Phuket’s people and tourists. This project was coordinating with municipalities and various local government organizations. Establishments participating in the project are required to obtain meat from slaughterhouses which have received a Food Safety diploma confirmed by Phuket Provincial Livestock Office.