Hong Kong to close 90% of hog farms
Hong Kong's government is encouraging 90% of the
city's hog farms to close down, saying that the growing population is exposed to
Li Chung Woon who 40 years ago, started his first hog
farm in rural Hong Kong and has since moved to the border with mainland China,
now has to shut his 50 000 square-foot farm by the end of the year because he
cannot afford to meet the recommended hygiene standards.
government is concerned about the handling of manure and sewage,â€ he says. â€œI
want to continue the business, but these stringent measures have deterred me,â€
he adds.In case of a crisis
Hong Kong's live
hog supply plummeted to 35% percent below normal in July after an outbreak of
PRRS (blue-ear virus) in China.
Chong Tai Leung, an economist at
the Chinese University of Hong Kong said, â€œHong Kong should keep some of its own
pig farms to secure at least a short-term supply in case of
The closing down of hog farms may mean becoming reliant
on already vulnerable China
for four-fifths of its live pork.
Farming code to tighten safety
million chickens were culled in 1997 due to an outbreak, Hong Kong set its
sights on tightening hygiene standards for farms. It is currently preparing a
farming code consisting of fifty-nine rules that will administer safety, carcass
handling and inspections.
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