China pushes for pig production recovery
China's minister of agriculture hopes to achieve the pig production recovery goal for this year and sent a message to relevant departments to prevent a recurrence in African swine fever outbreaks.
In a statement on the ministry’s website, Han Changfu, minister of agriculture and rural affairs, said that biosecurity measures adopted in 2019 were efficient and urged the authorities to strengthen on-the-ground checks of the data on pig production and make sure the data is reliable, informs Reuters.
Since December 2019, 200,000 tonnes of frozen pork were released from state reserves to compensate for a supply shortage in the market.
Last year, China has recorded the lowest pork output since 2003, 42.55 million tonnes (down 21.3% from 2018), according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The African swine fever has reduced the pig inventory in the country by more than 40%, according to official data, although there are voices in the industry that claims the decline is far larger.
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