January 20, 2020
China's pork production in 2019 drops 21.3% lower than 2018, lowest in 16 years
China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) data showed China produced 42.55 million tonnes of pork last year, its lowest since 2003, reported Reuters.
The country's swine herd fell 41% in October last year compared to 2018, according to Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, but was up 2% in November. No data on total herd size was reported.
On January 18, 2020 the NBS said swine herds fell 27.5% in 2019 compared to the year prior, hitting 310.41 million head by end December 2019. This is higher than the 306.75 million head reported by the NBS between January to September 2019.
Also according to the NBS, slaughtered swine dropped 21.6% to 544.19 million head.
In November 2019, Rabobank projected pork production in China will fall 25% to about 40.5 million tonnes in 2019, with another 10% to 15% drop in 2020.
China's government aimed to stabilise rising pork prices in the country by approving more meat import sources globally, introducing new measures to boost domestic pork production and releasing frozen pork from state reserves.
The country's pork import imports in December 2019 were almost double the monthly record in November the same year.
NBS said total meat output (comprising pork, beef, poultry and lamb) dropped 10.2% last year, hitting 76.49 million tonnes. However, beef output was up 3.6% to 6.67 million tonnes and output for poultry increased 12.3% to 22.39 million tonnes.