Across China, pork prices have doubled since July, reaching record highs of 30 yuan (US$4.20) to 33 yuan per kilogram, surpassing analyst expectations. Photo: Reuters

China’s pork prices starting to ‘scare’ consumers as discontent soars

  • Across China, prices have doubled since July, reaching record highs of 30 to 33 yuan per kilogram, surpassing analyst expectations
  • Beijing has implemented policies to offset increases but it is expected to take years to restore stocks after African swine fever outbreak led to 1 million pigs being culled
Topic |   China economy

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Across China, pork prices have doubled since July, reaching record highs of 30 yuan (US$4.20) to 33 yuan per kilogram, surpassing analyst expectations. Photo: Reuters
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China is in the grip of an African swine fever epidemic that could wipe out half its pig population by the end of the year, with officials also scrambling to ratchet up pork imports to help fill the gap. Photo: AP

China tapping national pork reserves will not satisfy shortage of the culturally symbolic meat, analysts warn

  • Use of national reserves shows how deeply crisis has shaken China, where pork is crucial part of the diet and symbol of well-being
  • The nation is in the grip of an African swine fever epidemic that could wipe out half its pig population by the end of the year, analysts warn
Topic |   Food and agriculture

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China is in the grip of an African swine fever epidemic that could wipe out half its pig population by the end of the year, with officials also scrambling to ratchet up pork imports to help fill the gap. Photo: AP
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