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Britain to sell pig semen to China

Published on Dec 5, 2013 6:26 AM
 
This picture taken on Nov 19, 2013 shows pigs on a farm in the village of Gangzhong in China's eastern Zhejiang province. British farmers will begin exporting pig semen to breeders in China next year, officials said on Wednesday, as they try to cash in on the Asian superpower's growing consumption of meat. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) - British farmers will begin exporting pig semen to breeders in China next year, officials said on Wednesday, as they try to cash in on the Asian superpower's growing consumption of meat.

The deal, involving fresh or frozen sperm from four artificial insemination centres in England and Northern Ireland, was agreed during Prime Minister David Cameron's three-day trade visit to China.

Cameron's office said the deal could be worth 45 million pounds (S$92.5 million), although the farming ministry said this figure also included live pig exports.

Environment Minister Owen Paterson also used the trip to lay the groundwork for a deal to export trotters from pig farmers, a major sector of British agriculture.

 
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