While that’s a boon for Chinese consumers in the short term, analysts forecast the country will experience its worst chicken shortage in decades in the Year of the Rooster.
Based on the data, the live chickens in mainland China dropped from 6 billion in 2016 to just 4.16 billion in 2018. Experts stated that they are expecting another 10 percent drop in this year's production, as per China Knowledge.
The continuous spread of the animal disease in China already drove the prices of chicken to go up as people substitute their need for pork meat with poultry. The increased prices of pork is another reason for the upped chicken prices since the supply pork is dangerously low these days after the country culled millions of hogs to stop African swine fever.
In fact , China Chicken Prices Soared As Argentina Approved For Pork Export .
"We have obtained approval to export pork to China, one of the world's top consumers of the meat," President Mauricio Macri of Argentia said in a statement.
The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) recently confirmed the outbreak of African Swine Fever in the Tibet Autonomous Region. According to the OIE, China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) has reported 118 ASF outbreaks detected across 28 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities since the agency confirmed the country’s first-ever ASF outbreak in Liaoning Province on Aug. 3, 2018. Approximately 1 million pigs have been culled in an effort to halt further disease spread, OIE said.