The city of Wuhan in Central China’s Hubei Province has imported first batch of breeding pigs in 2023 by air, Wuhan customs announced on Friday. The animals will be used in building a local pig breeding system.
All these imported pigs have passed customs clearance checks and has been sent to a designated facility for a 45-day quarentine, after which they will enter production.
There are three varieties of breeding pigs -- Large White, Landrace and Duroc, which have the advantages of strong performance in reproduction, disease resistance and farrowing rate, according to the Wuhan customs.
China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of pork. Data from the National Bureau of Statistics shows that domestic pork production reached 55.41 million tons in 2022, accounting for 44.5 percent of the global output.
In the first quarter of 2023, the national output volume of live pigs reached 198.99 million, remaining roughly stable with the volume of 195.66 million in the first quarter of 2022, data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MOA) showed.
Data from China’s General Administration of Customs showed that the value of imported live pigs reached $4.3 million from January to February in 2023, while the value of imported fresh, cold and frozen pork reached $1.6 billion.
The MOA’s latest data showed that national average wholesales pork price on Friday stood at 19.14 yuan ($2.69) per kilogram, dipping by 0.8 percent week-on-week. The weekly average price period June 10 to 16 stood at 19.18 yuan per kilogram, the same as last week.