'Restore pork production!': China releases pork action planChristian Fernsby ▼ | December 7, 2019
China's pork production in China is expected to recover gradually and return to normal by 2021, according to an action plan by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.
- Agricultural authorities across China must consider stabilizing pork production
- The target is to ensure the stock of pigs stops declining and starts increasing
- The ministry urged local authorities to provide financial support as soon as possible
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The target is to ensure the stock of pigs stops declining and starts increasing before the end of the year, and ensure a generally stable supply of pork during the New Year's Day holiday on Jan 1, the seven-day Spring Festival holiday in late January, and the annual sessions of China's top legislative and advisory bodies in March, the plan said.
The stock of pigs, which has been affected by outbreaks of African swine fever, is expected to recover to close to the normal level by the end of next year, and reach the normal level before the outbreaks by 2021, the plan said.
The ministry urged local authorities to provide financial support as soon as possible, guide pig farmers to restore production, and honor subsidies offered to pig farmers who have slaughtered pigs to prevent and control the swine fever.
Agricultural authorities across China should build another 120 high-quality standardized pig farms within three years, so experiences can be promoted across China to improve standardized production of pork.
In addition to providing assistance to sizable farms, authorities should also help small farmers to restore production, and encourage them to intensify cooperation with big companies to replenish stocks, the plan said.
Developers of farms able to produce more than 5,000 pigs a year may be exempt from inspection by environmental protection authorities before building the farms, as long as they have pledged to protect the environment, the plan said. ■