ata from China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) shows that China’s pig farming capacity has returned to nearly 90 percent of the average level of normal years.
According to MARA, by the end of October, China had 387 million live hogs, 27 percent more than that in the same period of 2019, and 39.5 million breeding sows, a 32 percent growth year-on-year. The capacity was about 88 percent of the level at the end of 2017.
China’s pig production capacity was heavily paralyzed by the African Swine Fever spread since the latter half of 2018, and this year’s Covid-19 pandemic further obstructed recovery. Due to central government support policies, including revoking illegal restrictions on pig raising, promoting large-scale farming, increasing government allowances to pig farmers and improving animal epidemic prevention, the number of live hogs, according to MARA, has been growing for a consecutive nine months and that of breeding sows for a consecutive 13 months. Analysts predicted that pig production capacity will return to normal by the second quarter of 2021.