According to USDA Report , China's swine herd numbered 440 million head in 2018 , or 60% of the world total. China produces around 54 million tons of pork annually, almost all of which is consumed domestically .
The pork industry, is bracing for a long struggle. To increase the number of pigs in China, farmers have to start by raising sows, which takes a year.
Meanwhile , Poultry is the main substitute for pork, and poultry prices have already responded to the situation as they have been rising for a while," said Rabobank's .
After the outbreak of swine fever in this country and dissemination of a large population of pigs , although Chinese shoppers hope to use poultry meat as an affordable alternative to pork , they disappointed Because of short supply , industry insiders said .
Poultry imports from the United States and France have been banned in China since 2016 in the wake of a bird flu outbreak in those countries in December 2014 . China has faced a chicken shortage since 2016 and the scarcity could get worse this year, driving up the price of chicken meat in the months ahead .
prices for chicken imported from Thailand and Brazil have climbed 15% to 20% over the past few months and they face a battle with Chinese buyers - importers said .
we have to wait and see , how China will solve this new problem !