Local pork producers happy about trade deal with India

Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 10:18 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - Pork producers have access to a new market now thanks to a trade deal struck between the United States and India.

The deal, announced last week by USDA secretary Tom Vilsack, would allow U.S. pork products into India for the first time.

Local pork producers like National Pork Producers Council Vice President Scott Hays, said Friday they are happy with the news as progress on a trade deal with India has taken quite some time.

“Yeah, we’ve been working on the India trade issues for about 25 years, so it’s been a long process, we’re very excited,” Hays said.

Just last year, the U.S. exported more than $1 billion worth of agricultural products to India, a number that is expected to rise sharply once pork exports begin.

Hays said this new deal is a huge positive for everyone.

“So this isn’t only good for pork producers, it’s good for American consumers because it increases the value of the pig while holding down the cost on the cuts that we really enjoy in this country,” Hays said.

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