Cambodians like pork. The average Cambodian consumes 9.29 kilogrammes of the meat a year and local farmers have long supplemented their incomes by selling an average of two pigs a year.
Cambodian pig prices are down 5% but feed costs are up 25%. As well, Thai firms use hormones and only need to feed pigs for three months instead of six.
In 2008, Cambodian farmers supplied around 2 million pigs, more than 90% of domestic demand. But the market for small-scale pig farmers is vanishing. Most of the pork local people now eat is imported from Thailand, or comes from large-scale producers who have seized the market once dominated by local farmers.
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