China Jan-Sep pork output down 3.6%


China generated a pork output of 36.9 million tonnes in the first nine months of 2016, down 3.6% from a year earlier, said the National Bureau of Statistics. Total meat output, which include beef, mutton and poultry also, were down 1.1% year-on-year at 58.33 million tonnes during the period.

The Bureau did not provide quarterly figures, but its earlier announcements showed that the pork decline was at 3.9% in the first half and 5.9% in the first quarter, indicating a slow recovery of the sector. Meanwhile, China’s stock of live pigs stood at 431.63 million heads at the end of September, up from 402.03 million at end-June, according to the Bureau.


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