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China’s pig herd fell at faster pace in April – agriculture ministry

China's hog inventories declined at a faster pace in April due to African swine fever outbreaks. Analysts believe the impacts of the disease will last for quite a while and pork imports are not enough to fill the gap in pork supplies this year.

China's pig herd and the number of breeding pigs fell by 20.8 per cent and 22.3 per cent in April from a year earlier, falling at a double-digit rate for a fourth consecutive month, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs on Wednesday. The declines accelerated from 18.8 per . . .

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