China’s pig output expected to bottom out before end-2019: official

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BEIJING: China’s hog production is expected to bottom out before the end of 2019 and recover to normal levels in 2020, an agriculture ministry official said on Thursday.

Pig inventories at large-scale farms have already bottomed out and started to rebound, Yang Zhenhai, director of the Husbandry and Veterinary Bureau of China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, said at a press briefing on Thursday.

Production and sales of pig feed have also picked up, Yang added.

A deadly African swine fever disease has slashed China’s pig herd by at least 40 per cent from a year earlier, and pushed prices of the country’s favourite meat to record high levels.

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