Blue-ear pig disease still in 14 Chinese counties
According to China's chief veterinary officer, Jia
Youling, blue-ear pig disease, which is partly responsible for the current pork
shortage, is still present in 14 Chinese counties.
Youling said at a press conference that the Ministry of Agriculture was
increasing measures to bring the epidemic under control.
He has said that since the start of 2007, the disease had plagued 286
Chinese counties and infected 280,000 pigs, of which more than 70,000 died. The
ministry administered 510 million millilitres of vaccines to immunise over 200
Supply and prices
Known as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, it has cut the
provision of live pigs and caused pork price hikes. Pork price hikes and hikes
of other food products pushed the country's consumer price index to 6.5% during
August, after it hit a ten-year high of 5.6% in July.
Yin Chengjie, Vice Agriculture Minister said the pork price is unlikely to
increase drastically in the long run as the nation came with a series of
measures to encourage farmers to raise pigs. The vice minister added that
farmers could presently make 300 to 400 yuan (€28.8 - 38.4) from raising a pig,
which would help rekindle the enthusiasm of farmers who suffered losses from
raising pigs in 2006.
According to latest figures from the Ministry of Commerce, pork prices in
China fell for four consecutive weeks until 2 September - amid government
efforts to increase supply.
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