Chinese pork prices to stabilise long-term
For the longer term, pork prices in China are likely to stabilise with
further surges unlikely, a senior state planner has said. In the short term,
they may fluctuate.
Speaking in Beijing, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform
Commission Bi Jingquan said rising international prices of oil, wheat and
soybeans, as well as disease among China's pigs, shifting production and living
patterns have contributed to higher pork prices.
Inflation in the January-July period hit
3.5%, driven by the sizzling economy and a 15.4% surge in the price of pork and
other food items over the year-earlier period.
Consumer prices soared 5.6% in July over the same month last year - the highest monthly inflation rate since February 1997.
Bi said China's pork
prices may remain volatile in the short term, but further surges are unlikely
over the longer term. He noted that efforts to lower pork prices may not have an
immediate impact on the consumer price index (CPI).
Pork prices are not likely to come down significantly until the
second quarter of next year, he said.
prices helped push inflation to a 10-year high this
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