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· China's sow herd grows in December, but disease risks remain
· Lunar New Year in China raises risks of worsening ASF crisis, minister says
· China Says Rush to Boost Pork Supplies Raises Risk of Outbreaks
China's sow herd grows in December, but disease risks remain
Reporting by Dominique Patton; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Richard Pullin, Reuters
January 7, 2020
BEIJING, Jan 8 (Reuters) - China’s sow herd rose 2.2% in December over the previous month, a government minister told reporters on Wednesday, in a sign of improving production after a devastating disease slashed stocks.
China’s sow herd had declined by nearly 40% by last October, according to official data, after African swine fever killed millions of pigs and prevented many farmers from restocking farms.
However, a pick-up began in October and the sow herd has now increased by 7% since September, Yu Kangzhen, vice minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, told a briefing on Wednesday.
Following the increase in the breeding herd, stocks of live hogs also began to rise in November, for the first time in a year, the ministry said last month.
Yu did not reveal December data on live hogs, but said...
Lunar New Year in China raises risks of worsening ASF crisis, minister says
Pig World (UK)
January 8, 2020
The Chinese government said today that the country’s race to boost pork supplies by increasing hog breeding has raised the risks of worsening the African swine fever crisis.
The South China Morning Post reported that the African swine fever situation remains severe and complex and quoted vice-agriculture minister Yu Kangzhen, who said: “The risk of outbreaks will rise with the rapid increase in the number of live pigs.”
According to Mr Yu, China’s sow herd rose 2.2% in December compared with November.
China’s sow herd declined by about 40% after the deadly disease...
China Says Rush to Boost Pork Supplies Raises Risk of Outbreaks
January 7, 2020
China’s race to boost pork supplies by increasing hog breeding has raised the risks of worsening the swine fever crisis, the government said.
The African swine fever situation “is still severe and complex,” Vice Agriculture Minister Yu Kangzhen said during a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday. “The risk of outbreaks will rise with the rapid increase in the number of live hogs.”
The rare show of candor by the Chinese government on a disease that’s roiled the industry follows months of comments tamping down speculation that the situation was out of control. It also affirms concerns that restocking herds when the disease is endemic could further delay a recovery...