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Thread: China: African Swine Fever Threatens Pork Production

  1. #91
    A floating dead pig infected with African swine fever washed up in Taiwan last week, according to a UN report, which also recorded a fresh mainland China outbreak and an attempt to illegally transport infected pigs.

    An update on the crisis from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations dated Thursday said the dead pig was found floating on November 6 near Taiwan's Xiaojinmen Island -- also known as Lieyu -- close to the mainland province of Fujian.
    It said the pig tested positive for the same strain of swine fever that has unleashed havoc in mainland China.

    The FAO said this is the first floating dead pig reported since June, and pointed out that the last reported outbreak in Fujian was last December.
    The report also documented that a vehicle illegally transporting infected piglets across provinces was intercepted earlier in November on an expressway in the southwestern municipality of Chongqing.
    There was also a fresh outbreak in China's southwestern Yunnan province this month, the FAO said, totalling 163 outbreaks in 32 provinces and regions.
    Beijing has been battling to get a grip on the crisis, which has sent pork prices soaring.
    Around one million pigs have been killed since the first outbreak of swine fever last August, according to official statistics, but that is widely considered to be an underestimate.
    One pig farmer told AFP last month that some affected farmers were quietly selling or disposing of dead pigs rather than declaring them to the government.
    A Rabobank report has warned China could lose 200 million pigs during the epidemic.
    Prices of pork -- which is the staple meat in China -- have more than doubled in the past year, according to China's National Bureau of Statistics.
    Data last week showed China's consumer prices grew at their fastest rate in almost eight years in October, driven by a spike in pork prices.

    More at: https://news.yahoo.com/pig-infected-...--finance.html
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    Heavy rainfall has been blamed for the spread of vast amounts of pig’s blood into rivers along the Korean border this week, following a cull of some 47,000 hogs amid an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF).
    A local NGO claims that blood from a nearby burial site, where some 47,000 pig carcasses had been disposed of, had seeped into the Imjin River due to heavy rainfall. South Korean authorities claim that the pigs had already been disinfected before being slaughtered and that there was a delay in the production of plastic containers for the carcasses.





    “It made many people living in the area anxious and worried,” said Lee Seok-woo, who heads the NGO Yeoncheon Imjin River Civic Network.

    For its part, Seoul claims that the blood flowing into the streams had been “dealt with properly” through the use of suction pumps and various other devices. Authorities claim the local water table and potable supply has not been tainted.
    “We have built banks and other facilities so that the polluted water does not flow into the downstream region,” the ministry said, adding: “As of now, there is no blood in the stream.”


    More at: https://www.rt.com/news/473330-river...d-south-korea/
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  4. #93
    African swine fever has wiped out herds of pigs all over China - by some estimates more than half - and it now appears the global supply of pork might not be able to satisfy the country's demand in early 2020, reported Bloomberg.
    The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs published new data on Friday that shows the number of hogs in China dropped 40% in Oct. YoY. The decline is mostly due to the African swine fever and farmers culling their herds to prevent further transmission of the dangerous disease.

    The disease has spread from Africa to Europe, and currently across Asia, and are fears pork supplies around the world are dwindling and might not be able to fill China's deficit. Just this week, the Dutch government announced plans to shrink its hog industry (why? because apparently pigs smells - the government says fewer pigs means less odor nuisance and a better living environment, as well lower emissions of ammonia, in the European country with the most cows and pigs relative to land area).


    A new Rabobank report projects that domestic pork supplies could hit a three-decade low and lead to higher spot pork prices early next year.

    In southern China's Guangdong province, spot prices have jumped 230% since January, with much of the gains seen in late summer as the disease gained momentum and farmers were forced by the government to cull more pigs.



    The jumped in spot prices wasn't just because domestic pork production collapsed, but the government has had difficulty sourcing products from abroad. It seems the world doesn't have enough pork for China.

    More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/commoditie...lobal-supplies
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  5. #94
    A 110.2 per cent increase in the price of pork from a year earlier led to a further rise in China’s consumer prices in November, as African swine fever continued to take a toll on the country’s pig population, data released on Tuesday showed.


    The consumer price index (CPI) rose to 4.5 per cent from a year earlier, up from a 3.8 per cent gain in October
    , the highest reading since reaching the same level in January 2012, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

    China’s consumer prices have steadily increased all year having stood at 1.9 per cent in January. The highest CPI reading on record was the 8.2 per cent recorded in March 2008 during the global financial crisis.

    The November increase was above the 4.3 per cent increase expected by analysts in a survey by Bloomberg.


    China, the world’s largest consumer of pork, has been grappling with a massive shortfall in supply due to the African swine fever crisis,which is predicted to wipe out half of China’s pig population by the end of this year.



    With demand shifting to other forms of protein, prices of beef, mutton, chicken, duck and eggs rose by between 11.8 per cent and 25.7 per cent last month from November 2018.




    More at: https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-e...igh-pork-price
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  6. #95
    Chinese criminals have been flying drones onto farms and infecting perfectly healthy pigs with African swine fever, lowballing the farmer for their sick pigs, and then selling the tainted meat as healthy, according to SCMP, citing China Comment - a magazine affiliated with state news agency Xinhua.

    In some cases, the gangs have spread rumors about the virus which is not deadly to humans - but causes hemorrhagic fever in pigs which is almost always fatal.
    Sometimes they spread rumours about the disease spreading in the locality and may even leave dead pigs on the side of a road to make farmers believe the infection is spreading. -SCMP

    In more extreme cases, however, the gangs use drones to drop infected items into the farms.
    "One of our branches once spotted drones air dropping unknown objects into our piggery, and later inspection found [the] virus in those things," said one farm manager.
    Once the sick pigs have been acquired by the gang, they are then smuggled to other areas with sky-high pork prices, violating a ban on transporting pork or livestock between provinces, and sold for a profit as high as $143 per pig.

    In Yunnan, a southwestern province, authorities have intercepted the transport of more than 10,000 live pigs - some of which were infected with the virus. According to the report, one gang smuggled 4,000 pigs from a province in one day.
    It said that smugglers had been bribing inspectors and faking quarantine certificates to smuggle the animals across provincial borders.

    In one such case in Lichuan, a city in the central province of Hubei, the disease spread through the area after a vet forged certificates for infected animals.

    The smugglers are trying to profit from a spike in prices that has seen the cost of meat rise from about 20 yuan per kilogram to a high of 52.30 yuan last month. -SCMP
    In October, China's Ministry of Agriculture reported that the country's pig herd had collapsed 41.1% YoY. According to Rabobank, that figure could rise to 50% - 55% by the end of the year.

    As we have documented, the price of Chinese pork has risen accordingly.

    More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/political/...al-meat-scheme
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  7. #96
    Last month more than 4,000 pigs died from African swine fever (ASF) in Indonesia's North Sumatra province. The outbreak appears to be worsening in December with as many as 30,000 pigs dead, according to the province's food security and livestock agency, reported Reuters.
    The @OIEAnimalHealth has also confirmed the outbreaks of African #Swine Fever in North Sumatra province, Indonesia ����. In total 392 villages got infected with #ASF, and over 28,000 #pigs were killed. Read more on @PigProgress and see the updated map ⏩ https://t.co/5TCSqAijRc pic.twitter.com/aBHupicESe
    — Vincent ter Beek (@vincenttb) December 18, 2019
    The Agriculture Ministry has just declared an outbreak of ASF in the North Sumatra province of the country: "Very serious handling is being carried out, including isolating those areas," the North Sumatra Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo told reporters on Wednesday.

    For several months, carcasses have been found on roadways and rivers as farmers quickly discarded pigs out of fear of contagion would decimate their herds.

    ASF was first detected in September in the province's Dairi district. Government officials have deployed monitors to the 38 districts in the region to make sure the outbreak is contained.
    Fadjar Sumping Tjatur Rassa, director of animal health at the Agriculture Ministry, said ASF had been found in 16 areas in North Sumatra, including Medan, the capital of Indonesia's North Sumatra province.
    In the 16 contaminated zones, the government has frozen all the transport of meat and meat products. Anyone who is in constant contact with infected herds must go trough bio-security screening, Rassa said.
    Rassa said, "road traffic (for pork and its products) are temporarily closed for the infected areas," adding that the province has a pig population of 1.2 million.
    Reuters estimates that Indonesia produced 327,215 tons of pork last year. North Sumatra produces about 13% of the country's pork, coming in at around 43,308 tons last year.

    More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/commoditie...-north-sumatra
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  9. #97
    China’s meat imports surged to a record in November, with buyers in the world’s top pork consumer stepping up purchases ahead of traditional holidays to boost supplies that were hurt by African swine fever.Pork imports jumped 151% from a year earlier to 229,707 tons last month, customs data showed. Shipments in the first 11 months increased almost 58% to 1.7 million tons.Beef purchases were 186,984 tons last month, up nearly 80% from a year earlier. Shipments rose 57% to 1.5 million tons in the January-November period.
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    Chinese buyers may not be able to source enough pork from Europe as extra supplies may have almost dried up.The Asian nation will crack down on hoarding meat and market price manipulation, and boost sales from reserves to ensure enough supplies ahead of the holidays, Hu Chunhua, vice premier, said at a meeting over the weekend.Breeding farms should boost slaughtering while ensuring the quality of the meat, he said.China’s finance ministry said on Monday that the country will cut pork import tariffs to 8% from 12% on Jan. 1.
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    China’s total meat and offal shipments were 644,284 tons in November, also a record high and a gain of 82% from a year-earlier period. Total purchases in the first 11 months reached 5.5 million tons, 42% higher than a year ago.Frozen chicken imports rose 71% to 77,895 tons in November, bringing total purchases to 693,443 tons in the first 11 months, a 51% increase from a year ago, data showed.

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/china...060831381.html
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  10. #98
    African swine fever has been detected in pigs being illegally transported in China's southwestern Sichuan province, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday.A total of 435 pigs were being transported from outside Sichuan when the fatal disease was detected, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said. Some 15 pigs had already died, it said.

    More at: https://news.yahoo.com/china-detects...103939000.html
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  11. #99
    China wants large pork producers to invest billions in rural pig farms to tackle poverty and boost supplies of the meat that’s been crushed by a deadly swine disease.About 15 large pig breeding companies plan to invest a combined 50 billion yuan ($7.14 billion) in smaller swine farms to raise 22 million hogs, Agriculture Minister Han Changfu said in a speech on Thursday. That will help 33,000 rural families break out of poverty, he said.
    Outbreaks of African swine fever slashed the country’s hog herd and pushed up pork prices to the highest ever. Though China has been importing record amounts of meat, the government said it needs to boost domestic production to meet demand. Many farmers have been roiled by the disease and have all but abandoned pig breeding out of fears of re-contracting the virus.
    “We shall take advantage of the current good pork prices and guide large pig enterprises to lead middle-and-small-sized farmers in poor areas to recover breeding of hogs,“ said Han.

    More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/china...040440898.html
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  12. #100
    China's customs said it has banned imports of pigs, wild boars and related products from Indonesia due to African swine fever.

    More at: https://news.yahoo.com/china-bans-im...094950430.html
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