|China has had 18 cases of African swine fever confirmed as of September 17|
The Ministry of Commerce issued a notice ordering local commerce officials to pay close attention to possible effects of African swine fever and other animal diseases on food markets during the mid-Autumn Festival next week and the National Day Holiday coming up in early October. Local officials are ordered to carefully monitor pork supplies, keep prices stable and ensure that meat is safe. To avoid disruption in supplies, officials are advised to arrange deals between suppliers and vendors in their region.
A notice in Henan Province forbids loads of pigs on trucks bearing
license plates from several other districts of Henan:
Xinxiang, Jiaozuo, and Zhengzhou. Source: Soozhu.com
African swine fever's impact on China's pork market is uncertain. Hog prices have risen in regions that rely on shipping in hogs from the hinterland, and prices are falling in major production regions. Prices are highest in eastern regions that rely on shipping in hogs from other regions. Similarly, prices have climbed to a high level in the western region. At the other end of the spectrum, prices are depressed in the northeast--the first region where African swine fever appeared in China and which has been hit hardest by bans on outbound shipment of hogs. The north and central regions have had the most outbreaks and are also seeing sinking prices. Prices in the South surged early this month but have since begun to fall.
|Adapted from zhue.com|