July 12, 2021
Sichuan, China introduces measure to stabilise hog production following detection of ASF
Sichuan, Southwest China has introduced measures to stabilise hog production and pork prices last week, following the discovery of African swine fever (ASF) in the province in March.
"Departments at all levels should make every endeavor to stabilise hog production and pork prices, strengthen policy support and confidence, in order to reach this year's goals of producing 40 million hogs on hand and 58 million hogs for marketing," an official document stated.
ASF cases occurred at a hog farm in Sichuan in March, with 38 dead and 38 sick animals among the 127 hogs there. North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region also detected the virus in April.
"The existence of ASF is normal, but it is unlikely to cause a massive outbreak in the country, thanks to intense attention given by local governments to hog production and China's established experience to contain the virus," Li Guoxiang, a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times.
On July 7, China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, together with the Ministry of Finance and the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, said that the government will provide more guidance and support to hog farmers through favorable fiscal and monetary policies.
The country's hog production has returned to normal levels after witnessing tight supply in tandem with skyrocketing pork prices. Pork prices fell from ¥54 (US$8.35) per kilogramme in January to ¥24 (US$3.71) in June.
Li said that falling domestic prices may reduce China's pork imports in the second half of the year.
The country imported more than 2.46 million tonnes of pork from January to May, up 9.57% year-on-year.
- Global Times