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Mainland China exports less pork

Mainland China has seen a decline in pork exports during the first eight months of the year. Major causes for this are high pig-raising costs, numerous raisers quitting and lingering impact from the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan province, a major pork producing region.

Between January and August, China sold abroad 50,000 tonnes of pork for $170 million, a decrease of 52.4 percent and 15.6 percent, respectively, from the same period of last year, sources with the General Administration of Customs said on Saturday.

But the average price of pork soared 77.4 percent to $3,400 per tonne.

Of the total exports, 78 percent, or 39,000 tonnes, went to Hong Kong, down 33 percent, 4,868 tonnes to Kirghizia, down 20 percent, and 2,220 tonnes to Macao, down 31.3 percent.

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