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China says pig herd shrinks by 32% in July amid swine fever outbreak


FILE PHOTO: Pigs are seen on the farm of pig farmer Zhang Haitao at a village in Changtu county, Liaoning province, China January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Ryan Woo/Files

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s pig herd shrank by 32.2% in July from the same month a year ago, its agriculture ministry said on Thursday, as African swine fever continues to spread through the country.

The ministry also said the number of sows declined by 31.9% in July, a year after the nation reported its first outbreak of the disease, which is fatal to pigs but does not harm people ...


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