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Thais snap up crocodile meat as pork prices surge

African swine fever seen hitting pork supply for months to come

Barbecued crocodile at a market stall in Bangkok in 2019. Demand for crocodile meat has spiked as an alternative to pork.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Demand for crocodile meat is surging in Thailand as the price of pork continues to rise due to a supply shortage caused by the spread of African swine fever in the country.

The shortage of pork, an essential part of the Thai diet, is expected to last for months. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha last week ordered government agencies to address the issues of food supplies and price surges urgently. This is particularly important for him ahead of general elections set to be held by March 2023.

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