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Thai food companies fund police on national border to stop swine fever

Desperate move by CP, Betagro, Thai Food will set up checkpoints to protect $3.3bn industry

Three major Thai food companies are doing what they can to protect their pigs from contracting African Swine Fever.     © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Three of Thailand's biggest food companies are teaming up with government forces to police the country's borders in a desperate effort to protect the country's $3.3 billion a year pork industry from the spread of dreaded African Swine Flu from neighboring Myanmar.

Charoen Pokphand Foods, Thailand's biggest agro-industrial conglomerate, has joined with rivals Betagro and Thai Food to raise funds for 50 government-manned checkpoints along the border. The three companies together account for as much of 80% of Thai pork production, and the unusual private-public initiative is in part due to the lack of available state funds.

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