China to import stocks of breeding pigs from Ireland

China has allowed imports of breeding pigs from Ireland, the country's customs office said on 19 October.
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The approval took effect on 18 October, according to the notice, which also set out various health and hygiene requirements for the export.

China ramped up imports of breeding pigs last year to meet surging demand from new farms to rebuild a pig herd decimated by the deadly African swine fever.

But the approval for Irish pigs came as the market has entered into oversupply.

China's pig prices have plunged this year on greater supplies and slaughter, leading to huge losses for corporate and small farmers.

China's sow herd contracted in July, first decline in two years, as farmers got rid of inefficient breeders. The fall continued in August.

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