Chinese ministry says trade war with US won't affect pork supply

China said its trade dispute with the United States would not affect the Asian nation’s pork supply, state-television reported on Friday (30 August), citing an official at the agriculture ministry.
calendar icon 3 September 2019
clock icon 3 minute read

China produced 54.04 million tonnes of pork in 2018. INTL FCStone, a broker and consultancy, estimated the figure would fall to 38 million tonnes in 2019 and 34 million tonnes in 2020 as China continued to struggle to control ASF.

Beijing said on Thursday it would seek to boost pork imports and release frozen pork, beef and mutton from state reserves in “due course” to increase the supply of meat in the market.

Pork imports in the first seven months rose 36 percent from the same period a year earlier to 1 million tonnes.

“We should ensure pork supply by all means ... and strictly rein in market speculation, actively boost production of alternative meat products and increase frozen pork reserves,” Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua told a teleconference on Friday, according to state-owned Xinhua News Agency.

China’s pig herd shrank by 32.2 percent in July from the same month a year ago, according to official data.

wet market in Asia
© 2000 - 2024 - Global Ag Media. All Rights Reserved | No part of this site may be reproduced without permission.