Global pork production increases as China bounces back

Global pork production for 2021 has been increased from previous USDA forecasts to 105.1 million tonnes, according to its latest Livestock and Poultry World Markets and Trade report.

This increase has been largely driven by high production in China as output rebounds after the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak.

However, Chinese imports of pork have also been revised upwards, and the Philippines is also now expected to increase imports.

AHDB analyst for red meat, Rebecca Wright, noted that pork production in the Philippines is still around 40% below levels recorded pre-ASF.

She said: “Rebuilding of herds has so far been limited in part due to government regulations, on both pig movement restrictions and price limitations on pork at retail level. Imports by the Philippines however have been robust – driven by lower domestic production and attractive prices compared to other global markets.”

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