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Demand For Cattle Imports As Ban Is Lifted

20 October 2010

TURKEY - Turkey could be importing more cattle after a ban on imports from Bulgaria has been lifted in order to put a cap on spiraling domestic prices, Turkish media reported.

Serious deficits in meat and livestock reserves in Turkey have resulted in authorities now requesting imports from countries with whom "little or no business was conducted before", the Turkish Todayszaman.com reported.

The Turkish agriculture ministry became interested in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Mongolia, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia from where a "massive amount of livestock and meat are intended to be imported", the report said.

But Turkish traders will be looking to import Bulgarian livestock too, including meat from Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Russia, Moldova and Belarus for meat imports.

According to Todayszaman.com, about 120,000 Turkish traders wish to be involved in the import business after being granted permission to import livestock and meat due to the massive increase in domestic meat prices. Most of these traders visited the countries with which livestock and meat importation agreements were signed.

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