China’s Guangdong to release another 3,150 tonnes of pork from reserves to secure supplies

China’s Guangdong to release another 3,150 tonnes of pork from reserves to secure supplies


China’s Guangdong province said it will release 3,150 tonnes of frozen pork from reserves during the upcoming holidays, part of a campaign to secure supplies of the country’s favourite meat, local media reported on Monday, after a devastating disease ravaged the hog herd.

The pig herd in the major pork consuming region has fallen 34% from the previous year in the first half of 2019, while the sow herd dropped 43%, the Nanfang Daily reported, citing government statistics.

“Hog supplies will face an unprecedented, grave test,” the newspaper said, quoting an unnamed official with the provincial agriculture bureau, as it will be increasingly difficult to transport pigs into Guangdong from outside provinces due to falling production nationwide.

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Hallie Gu