Hubei Now the Nation's Largest Pig Producer

by 5m Editor
17 March 2008, at 10:11am

CHINA - A five-year pig raising project, involving 1.36 billion US dollars of investment, has been launched in Hubei. It makes the central China province the nation's largest pig raising base.

China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corp.( COFCO), the country's largest oils and food importer and exporter and leading food manufacturer, started the project in Wuhan, the provincial capital.

In the next five years, COFCO will build a 500,000-reproducible sow breeding base, a 10 million live pig raising demonstration project and set up centers for pig breeding technology research and pig disease prevention, according to Yu Xubo, COFCO president.

The project was expected to bring in an additional income of two billion yuan (280 million U.S. dollars) for local farmers, according to Tang Tao, Hubei vice governor.

Climbing food prices, particularly in pork and vegetable oil, caused a direct 4 percent rise in the country's consumer price index last year.

5m Editor