African swine fever, which first appeared in China in August 2018, wiped out around half of the country’s pig population, creating a record shortage of pork that resulted in skyrocketing prices nationwide. Photo: Reuters African swine fever, which first appeared in China in August 2018, wiped out around half of the country’s pig population, creating a record shortage of pork that resulted in skyrocketing prices nationwide. Photo: Reuters
African swine fever, which first appeared in China in August 2018, wiped out around half of the country’s pig population, creating a record shortage of pork that resulted in skyrocketing prices nationwide. Photo: Reuters

China making progress in rebuilding pig population, but supply gap likely to last at least until 2021

  • China’s pig population was first devastated by the African swine fever last year before being hit again by the coronavirus pandemic
  • Pork prices have also soared as a result, with the government responding by releasing a record amount from its frozen pork reserves this year

Topic |   China food safety
African swine fever, which first appeared in China in August 2018, wiped out around half of the country’s pig population, creating a record shortage of pork that resulted in skyrocketing prices nationwide. Photo: Reuters African swine fever, which first appeared in China in August 2018, wiped out around half of the country’s pig population, creating a record shortage of pork that resulted in skyrocketing prices nationwide. Photo: Reuters
African swine fever, which first appeared in China in August 2018, wiped out around half of the country’s pig population, creating a record shortage of pork that resulted in skyrocketing prices nationwide. Photo: Reuters
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