Late last March, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Poland, Marek Sawicki, held several meetings with Ambassadors of Japan, China and Vietnam, Mr Makoto Yamanaka, Mr Xu Jian and Mr Pham Kiên Thêt.
The main subjects of the meetings were the resumption of the Polish pork export to Chinese and Japanese markets after two cases of wild boars with African swine fever (ASF) found near the Polish-Belarusian border and the current epizootic situation in Poland.
Ambassador Yamanaka thanked Minister Sawicki for presenting the epizootic situation in Poland. He assured the Polish Minister that all the information provided by the Polish party is analysed by Japanese veterinary service in detail. The Ambassador also stated that the import of Polish pork will be resumed after the Japanese veterinary service have ascertained that the meat is safe. In this context, the Minister's guest emphasised the importance of continuous exchange of information between the Polish and the Japanese veterinary service. At the same time he pointed out that in the current situation it would be possible to start negotiations concerning the conditions of import in relation to pork that has been subjected to high temperature processing.
Ambassador Xu Jian thanked Minister Sawicki for presenting the epizootic situation in Poland, as the Chinese government considers the issue of ASF important. The Minister's current guest emphasised that Polish food is increasingly more popular on the Chinese market and that he would like to support our initiatives aiming at promoting Polish food there. He invited the Polish party to take part in Chinese trade fairs. He expressed his hope that Poland will be able to cope with the current problems quickly. He appreciated Polish-Chinese cooperation in the field of agriculture highly and stressed that Polish export of food and agricultural products is developing rapidly due to intense collaboration of both governments.
Ambassador Pham Kiên Thêt thanked Minister Sawicki for presenting the epizootic situation in Poland and emphasised that all information provided by the Polish Minister is very important for the Vietnamese party. He expressed his hope that Poland will be able to cope with the current problems quickly. He assured that he counts on further development of Polish-Vietnamese cooperation in the field of agriculture.
Friday March 28, 2014/ Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development/ Poland.