Sichuan, China’s southwestern province and the country’s top pig-farming province, is removing some restrictions on hog production to stabilize supply after African swine fever has drastically reduced herds.
On Monday, Sichuan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said it was setting “red lines” for pig output in the province, with city mayors responsible for ensuring self-sufficiency of pork, Reuters reports.
With more than 65 million pigs produced in Sichuan in 2017, pork production is very important to this province’s economic wellbeing.
To achieve a target of 40 million hogs a year, local authorities are encouraged to promote standardized and modern farming, and support farms that produce 2 million hogs or more each year with integrated feed plants and slaughtering facilities, Reuters reports.
Officials were also asked to remove any obstacles to projects under construction so they can be completed as soon as possible. Land planners are being asked to prioritize construction of large-scale slaughtering facilities. The mergers and reorganization of slaughtering and processing enterprises will also be encouraged.
According to the article, Sichuan plans to do away with the 1-hectare (2.5-acre) limitation on land use for pig production and related facilities and allow for “reasonable use” of land to meet industry needs. This extends to allowing pig farms on some grades of protected forest land. Officials want to promote areas with natural barriers to help raise biosecurity on farms.
In the meantime, the country is working to reduce the number of live pigs being transported throughout China, as this is one of the contributing factors to ASF’s rapid spread in this area.
In addition, Sichuan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said it would encourage farms to introduce superior pig breeds from abroad as it works to increase output. Reuters reports that small farmers will also receive more support in improving biosecurity.
ASF impacts pigs only – it does not pose a risk to humans or food safety. For more information, read porkbusiness.com/ASF.
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