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· China’s Hog Herds Plunge More Than 40%, But Worst May Be Over
imports via Tianjin customs post strong increase
· African swine fever: China cover-ups led to fast spreading, says leading businessman
· China launches crackdown of illegal hog slaughtering
China’s Hog Herds Plunge More Than 40%, But Worst May Be Over
November 29, 2019
The number of hogs in China, the world’s top producer and consumer of pork, plunged more than 40% in October from a year earlier because of African swine fever, but there are signs that the pace of decline is slowing, according to government data published Friday.
While the slump in hog inventories was little changed from September on a year-on-year basis, the decrease shrank to 0.6% from 3% when measured month-on-month, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. The population of breeding sows increased 0.6% from September, but was still down 38% from a year earlier. The deadly hog virus has spread from Africa to Europe and Asia, and there isn’t enough pork in the world to fill China’s deficit.
China’s wholesale pork prices fell for a third week from a record in the five days to Nov. 22, and posted the biggest weekly drop in years. The decline was due to rising imports and more supplies of frozen pork from stockpiles, Gao Feng, Commerce Ministry spokesman told a press conference Thursday. China will expand meat imports from more countries, and...
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Pork imports via Tianjin customs post strong increase
Source: Xinhua(China)|Editor: yan
TIANJIN, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Pork imports via the northern China port city of Tianjin have increased sharply this year, driven by the supply-demand gap in China's domestic market.
Over 396,000 tonnes of pork imports were made via Tianjin in the first 10 months, up 34.6 percent year on year, according to the city's customs.
Among the imports, 82.6 percent were imported from the European Union, Canada and Brazil.
The imports from the United States began to catch up in October, when it increased 2.4 times year on year...
African swine fever: China cover-ups led to fast spreading, says leading businessman
Sun Dawu, chairman of Hebei Dawu Group, says "it's a very common phenomenon to hide cases of ASF".
Tom Cheshire, Sky News (UK)
30 November 2019
Cover-ups by the Chinese government led to African swine fever spreading faster, a leading businessman has told Sky News.
African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious disease which does not affect humans but is deadly to pigs.
Since the first case was reported in China in August 2018, more than 100 million pigs have been killed as a result of the epidemic, sending pork prices soaring, in China and around the world.
Sun Dawu is the chairman of Hebei Dawu Group, a conglomerate that includes several large pig farms.
"For local governments, they are too afraid to take responsibility. It's a very common phenomenon to hide cases of ASF," he told Sky News.
"In places where ASF happened, people panicked and tried to sell their pigs quickly... Then the sick pigs were sent to places which didn't have ASF yet.
"I'm very angry at the government."
In February, Mr Sun slaughtered 15,000 of his pigs to prevent the spread of the disease, even though government inspectors had declared the herd healthy.
He blew the whistle with a post on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform. It was the first admission of ASF in Hebei province, he says, and the post went viral.
Pork is China's favourite meat and the crisis has led to a huge increase in prices - 101% year on year, according to official figures from the National Bureau of Statistics.
That in turn has led to an increase in overall inflation - pork alone was responsible for two-thirds of October's rise of 3.8% - beyond the government's target of 3%
As a result, the Chinese Communist Party is monitoring the situation carefully, wary that rising food prices have triggered discontent and even revolutions in other parts of the world...
China launches crackdown of illegal hog slaughtering
Reporting by Min Zhang and Dominique Patton; Editing by Susan Fenton, Reuters
December 2, 2019
BEIJING, Dec 2 (Reuters) -
* China has begun a three-month campaign to crack down on illegal hog slaughtering, in an effort to ensure meat safety during the upcoming New Year holiday and Spring Festival, the agriculture ministry said on Monday
* Local agriculture departments and market regulators were requested to strictly monitor any illegal activity by slaughterhouses, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on its website
* Behaviour such as slaughtering, processing and selling diseased or suspected diseased hogs will be punished with the top penalty and transferred to the police for criminal responsibility, the ministry said.
* China’s Vice Premiere Hu Chunhua said at the weekend that the country must recover pig production numbers and stabilise pork supply in key periods of early 2020.
* Chinese pork prices rose...