China Coronavirus Putting More Pressure on Pork Supplies, Prices: Official


Reporting by Judy Hua and David Stanway; Editing by Christian Schmollinger, Reuters

via The New York Times - Feb. 9, 2020


BEIJING/SHANGHAI China's coronavirus outbreak has delayed the launch of new pig breeding facilities and put even more pressure on pork supplies and prices, an official with the agriculture ministry told a briefing on Sunday.


Kong Liang, deputy director at the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, said the coronavirus outbreak has disrupted the delivery of vital feed and veterinary medicine supplies, and also delayed the return of agricultural workers to farms.


To contain the spread of the virus, China has imposed halts on the movement of people and goods from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak and the capital of Hubei province, which is also under a lockdown, as well as other regions with cases of the disease.


"Looking at it from a market perspective, due to the regional blockades, pork supplies in some places are tight, and prices have risen by a certain extent," Kong told reporters.


China's pork supplies were reduced by as much as 21.3% in 2019 as a result of...