Chinese to increase pork imports in 2008
Pork consumption continues to outstrip production in
China, resulting in higher import projections for 2008.
The USDA's agricultural attaché in Beijing commented in a semi-annual report
that livestock production had been disrupted by the worst snowstorms in 50 years
during January and February and a slow recovery from porcine blue ear
An 8% rise in pork imports is
predicted in 2008 to 200,000 metric tonnes along with a 6% decline in exports to
330,000 metric tonnes.
The report put 2008 domestic pork production at
42 million metric tonnes, up 1% from 2007, but still 16% below
Chinese pig production is undergoing
a shift from small backyard operations to large commercial farms.
50-60% backyard operations have abandoned swine production while the number
of commercial farms has increased 20% in the last few years.
The report said US-based Whiteshire Hamroc Co and China Tangrenshen Group in
Hunan Province have signed a contract to import 2,000 breeding pigs for a large
commercial hog development project.
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