How H7N9 avian influenza and still unidentified hog diseases upended the country's cyclical price and meat consumption trends. Chinese agribusiness's rapid expansion usually takes place within the context of a highly predictable, seasonally driven cyclical heartbeat. Unfortunately, this year things have not gone according to plan and certain protein lines entered the second quarter in a state of near free fall.
With ASEAN's 2015 economic integration looming, Philippine pork producers try remedy their own shortcomings. Amidst its continuing battle against imports, the Philippine swine industry is hoping for a better performance this year by implementing newer measures not just to improve but to protect the sector from the adverse changes brought by trade liberalisation.