October 24, 2018
China's Guangdong province latest to ban hog transport as ASF spreads
China's southern Guangdong province yesterday banned the transport of live hogs to other parts of the country after two outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) were reported in neighbouring Hunan province, Reuters reported.
Beijing has prohibited the transport of pigs from all provinces that have reported ASF cases, as well as from neighbouring regions.
Guangdong's ban will last until all neighbouring provinces lift ASF-related restrictions, the region's department of agriculture and rural affairs said on its website.
China has reported more than 40 separate outbreaks of the disease in 11 provinces and municipalities since discovering its first case in August, leading to the culling of about 200,000 hogs.
Guangdong's move is unlikely to have much impact on supply as the province relies on imports from elsewhere to meet demand for pork.
However, it has raised the prospect of surging prices leading up to Chinese New Year in early February next year.
Beijing said on Monday it had identified the disease in southwest Yunnan province, the first outbreaks to be recorded in the south.
Guangxi, a province lying between Yunnan and Hunan, is usually a key supplier to Guangdong but is now also not allowed to transport hogs across its borders.