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Deadly Pig Disease Has Cost China More Than $140 Billion: Professor

2019年09月25日 20:02 来源于 财新网
Colossal cost estimate of swine fever, which has ravaged hog stocks for more than a year, does not take into account losses up and down the supply chain, expert says
Shoppers buy pork at a supermarket in Shijiazhuang, North China's Hebei province, on Sept. 13. Photo: VCG

The widespread outbreak of African swine fever that has prompted China to slaughter millions of pigs has caused 1 trillion yuan ($140 billion) of direct losses, an industry expert estimates.

Li Defa, who heads the College of Animal Science and Technology at China Agricultural University, made the remarks at a pig industry forum on Tuesday. The upstream and downstream of the pork industry chain — such as pig feed and catering industry — are not included in the calculation, he said.

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