Nearly 130 domestic firms purchased pork and related products in the period, mainly from Canada, Germany, Poland, Brazil, the US, Spain and Russia.
The imports encountered various obstacles as the global supply was also on the decrease, worsened by the ravaging African swine fever in many countries, the MARD said.
There were about 678 million pigs worldwide in January, down nearly 12% compared to the figure in 2019.
Due to complexities brought by COVID-19, the MARD has assigned relevant agencies to hold talks with regional countries regarding the import of live pigs.
Animal health agencies of Vietnam and Thailand are discussing procedures to allow direct import of pigs from Thailand.