China readies 20,000 tonnes of pork for COVID-19-affected areas


Source: Xinhua(China)|Editor: huaxia



BEIJING, March 19 (Xinhua) -- China has allocated 20,000 tonnes of emergency pork reserve from the country's central inventory to regions hardest-hit by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) including Wuhan and other cities in Hubei Province, in an effort to keep pork prices stable, an official said Thursday.


A total of 2,000 tonnes of the emergency pork has been transferred to the local reserve in Wuhan, Peng Shaozong, an official of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), told a press conference.


The move, along with the six rounds of the release of frozen pork from the central reserves since the Chinese New Year holiday and another one scheduled this week, is expected to help stabilize market expectations and ensure supply for the staple meat, according to Peng.


Pork prices have retreated from recent highs under enhanced efforts to counter the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak...