Agricultural companies in China hit hard by the swine fever epidemic are diversifying into raising chickens and ducks to ride out the crisis. Photo: AFP

China’s largest agricultural companies turn swine fever epidemic into growth opportunity while small farms perish

  • Hong Kong-listed CP Pokphand, one of the top players in China, has raised output of poultry and aqua feed as demand for swine feed falls on the back a decline in the country’s hog population
  • Fitch says there is a growing trend among Chinese animal feed and protein producers to diversify their product mix and extend their value chain as they look to ride out the swine fever epidemic
Topic |   China pork crisis

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Agricultural companies in China hit hard by the swine fever epidemic are diversifying into raising chickens and ducks to ride out the crisis. Photo: AFP
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Eric Ng

Eric Ng

Eric joined the SCMP in 1998 after brief stints in a trading company and translation and editing roles at Dow Jones and Edinburgh Financial Publishing. He has close to 20 years of experience covering China's energy, mining and industrial materials sectors, and has recently added biotechnology to his coverage. Eric has a Masters of Business Administration degree.