The MARA held a coordination meeting on hog production in Beijing on Mar. 22, 2022. The meeting analyzed the current situation regarding hog production and discussed measures to stabilize hog production.
Vice Minister Ma Youxiang presided over the meeting and delivered remarks. The officials from seven relevant departments participated the meeting. Vice Minister Ma emphasized that all relevant departments should thoroughly implement the decisions and arrangements of the State Council, enhance coordination and cooperation among departments to achieve synergy, and adopt various measures to stabilize hog production, to secure a stable and orderly supply of pork.
It was noted that at present, hog production is generally stable and the breeding performance of the herd of matrices remains at a reasonable range. Pork supply is relatively abundant, hence Chinese market is witnessing a cyclical downward trend in pork prices. On top of these factors, the prices of raw materials for feed have surged remarkably recently. Hog producers are therefore operating at a loss, facing a difficult situation. Relevant departments at all levels should work together to help hog producers overcome difficulties.
The meeting called for the following measures: 1) strictly carry out the mechanism whereby provincial party secretaries and governors assume overall responsibility for securing hog production and supply, and city mayors take responsibility for the “vegetable basket” program; 2) take proressive and effective measures to address risks and challenges; and 3) spare no efforts in completing all major tasks concerning hog production.
To secure stable and healthy hog production, efforts should be made in the following areas: 1) enhance monitoring and early warning throughout the whole hog industry chain; 2) encourage financial institutions to loan more to the industry; 3) provide long-term supportive policies in areas such as land for hog farming and environmental protection; 4) implement regulatory policies regarding hog production and frozen pork reserves; and 5) continue African Swine Fever control in a regular manner.