Cambodia disbands private pig smuggling control task force


A private sector task force set up by Cambodia’s pig farmers to monitor live pig imports and investigate reports of illicit smuggling has been disbanded after receiving a cold reception from government officials, the initiative’s leader said. Mong Reththy, a prominent local businessman whose agro-industrial conglomerate operates the nation’s largest pig-breeding farm, said the government objected to its plan to independently investigate reports of pig smuggling.

The task force was formed by local pig farm owners in April to curb falling domestic prices of live pigs. It threatened to publicise the names on Facebook of those found in violation of the law. Veng Sokhon, Agriculture Minister, said the government welcomes information but the task force cannot operate unless it forms a legal association.


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