China: more measures to boost pig farming
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has promised measures to boost pig farming as
short supply has led to continued pork price increases, causing concerns about
effects on inflation.
Wen urged local governments to enhance the enthusiasm of pig breeders when
addressing an executive conference of the State Council last
China's pig production fell drastically in recent
months. Farmers were disappointed as a result of rising feedstuff costs and low
prices in past few years and also the massive pig culling after the outbreak of
in some regions.
The short supply
of live pigs kept driving the pork price higher. The wholesale price of pork in
June represented a 74.6% surge from the same month last year.
Chinese prime minister emphasised it is of great importance to increase pig
production, which would help stabilise the pork price and satisfy the meat
demand of the public.
He called on local
governments to deliver the subsidies for breeding sows to farmers arranged by
the central budget 'as soon as possible'.
In order to increase
disease control, Wen said vaccination shall be provided to farmers free of
charges, and that subsidies shall be offered to farmers if their pigs have to be
slaughtered for disease control.
The premier said local administrative chiefs shall be held
responsible for pork supply in their areas, and that all unreasonable
restrictions on pig farming shall be abolished.
shall also increase or pay allowances for lower-income families and college
students to ensure their living standards are not adversely affected by the
higher pork prices.
Supervision will be strengthened to ensure
substandard pork does not enter the food chain, and the central government will
launch another emergency crackdown on the sale of unsafe meat.
In addition, China has released meat from reserves
to help areas suffering from disastrous flooding, a commerce official said this
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