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· China Daily: Pork industry showing signs of recovery
· Caixin: China Breeding Sow Stock Rises in October for First Time Since Swine Fever Outbreak
· Xinhua: China Focus: Pig farmers keen on expanding stock as China drums up pork production
Pork industry showing signs of recovery
via China.org.cn (China) - November 23, 2019
Pork production in China is showing signs of a rebound, with supply shortages easing, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Friday.
"Various policies to encourage pork production are taking effect. Breeding sow stocks have started to increase, restoration of production at sizable pig farms is accelerating and pork prices are seeing a decline," said Yang Zhenhai, chief of the ministry's Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine Bureau, at a news conference.
In October, the number of breeding sows in stock, a major indicator for pork production potential, increased by 0.6 percent, marking the first month-on-month increase since April last year, he said.
Restoration of pig stocks on sizable farms－those producing more than 5,000 pigs annually－is more prominent. Breeding sow stocks at these farms increased by 4.7 percent in October, compared with the previous month, and stocks of other pigs increased by 0.5 percent, both having witnessed a consecutive increase for two months, Yang said.
Pig stocks have seen bigger increases in the northeast and northwest along with parts of North China, while the decline of stocks in South China has been slowing, he added.
"It is expected that pig stocks will further improve in the first half of next year, but we may not see a significant increase in pork supplies in the market until the second half of next year. Our target is for pig stocks to reach about 80 percent of the level before the outbreak of African swine fever," he said.
China reported 160 African swine fever outbreaks as of Thursday since the first outbreak was reported in August last year, the ministry said.
Outbreaks of the disease, which are usually fatal for pigs but do not transmit to humans, caused significant supply declines since early this year of the most widely consumed meat in China, forcing the government to take various measures to encourage production while strictly carrying out disease prevention and control measures.
In addition to measures released by various ministries, including the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, 28 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions among all 31 on the Chinese mainland have released policies encouraging pork production, including supporting leading companies to establish high-standard pig raising farms and providing subsidies for replenishing stocks.
Although progress has been made in prevention and control of the fever with quarantine measures having been lifted in epidemic zones in 29 provinces, regions and municipalities, China still faces severe challenges in prevention and control of the disease.
In particular, the risks will increase with increasing stocks and more frequent transfer of live pigs between different regions to meet consumer demand ahead of Chinese New Year, Yang said.
The ministry will continue to urge...
China Breeding Sow Stock Rises in October for First Time Since Swine Fever Outbreak
By Du Caicai and Tang Ziyi, Caixin (China)
Nov 23, 2019
China’s pork production is showing signs of recovery as the inventory of breeding sows registered the first month-on-month increase in October since the outbreak of deadly African swine fever last year, official data showed.
The country’s stock of breeding sows rose 0.6% in October from the previous month, the first growth since April 2018, Yang Zhenhai, chief of the animal husbandry and veterinary medicine bureau under China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, said at a news conference on Friday.
At the same time, the overall stock of pigs fell 0.6% month-on-month in October, with the decline slowing from declines of 3% in September and 9.8% in August, said Yang.
Since the first case of African swine fever was reported in China in August 2018, the devastating disease has wiped out a significant portion of the country’s hogs and caused severe pork supply shortages and soaring prices. Industry analysts expect the country’s pork production will drop as much as 40% this year.
In October, the per-kilogram market price of pork rose 20.2% from the previous month and doubled from a year earlier, according to a monthly market analysis (link in Chinese) from the agricultural ministry. The per-kilogram price of live pigs rose 24.3% from the previous month and was up 140% from October 2018.
The world’s top pork consumer has since boosted pork imports from the U.S. and other countries to fill the huge supply gap. The move has even tightened pork supply in the U.S. and Europe as meat processors around the world ship more pork to China, driving up pork prices globally...
China Focus: Pig farmers keen on expanding stock as China drums up pork production
Source: Xinhua(China)|Editor: ZX
JINAN, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- As authorities of east China's Shandong Province lift the upper limit of land use for a pig farm from 1 hectare, Liang Xiaoliang, a pig farmer in the province has just obtained an approval to enlarge his pigsty.
"As soon as I heard that the policy was in place, I approached the animal husbandry department to apply to add four hectares of pigsty," said the chairman of the Baokangbao Ecological Livestock and Poultry Raising Cooperative in Pingyuan County, Dezhou City of Shandong.
The scale of raising pigs in China's rural areas is controlled as pigsties are not considered environmentally friendly.
However, as the price of pork, a staple meat in China, has been soaring in recent months, mainly affected by the epidemic of African swine fever and cyclical factors, the Chinese authorities have taken a string of policy and financial measures to encourage production and stabilize pork prices.
Liang has been engaged in running the cooperative since 2017 with a stock of about 5,000 pigs. He regards this year's pork price inflation as an opportunity for the business.
Sun Tao, an official of the Shandong Provincial Bureau of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine said the provincial government has allocated more than 65 million yuan (9.2 million U.S. dollars) in temporary production subsidies so far this year to support 45 first-class pig farms in the province, and approved subsidized loans to help pig farms get back on their feet.
By the end of October, Shandong had 17.56 million pork pigs and 835,000 breeding sows in stock insured so that farmers would be worry-free and could further boost production.
Li Liuhang, an official with the provincial animal husbandry department, said the province's pig stock had been slowly increasing for three consecutive months by the end of October, which has contributed to stabilizing pork prices...