November 23, 2018 / 3:00 AM / 6 months ago

China says pig supplies, prices stable amid African swine fever epidemic

BEIJING, Nov 23 (Reuters) - China’s hog supply and prices are generally stable, said an agriculture ministry official on Friday, even as the deadly African swine fever sweeps across the world’s top pork producing nation.

The country had culled 600,000 pigs by Nov. 22 due to outbreaks of the disease, said Feng Zhongwu, chief of the animal husbandry and veterinarian bureau under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

It has confirmed 73 cases of African swine fever in 20 provinces, including two outbreaks reported on Friday in Beijing, Feng said at a press briefing. (Reporting by Hallie Gu and Dominique Patton; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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