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China boosts aid to farmers devastated by swine fever epidemic

Pork prices set to rise further as country 'may lose half' its hog herd

A pig farm in Dalian is empty because the animals were culled as a result of an outbreak of swine fever.

DALIAN, China -- The Chinese government is stepping up its support for hog farmers hit by an outbreak of fatal swine fever, as it races to address plummeting pork production and calm consumer frustration over surging prices of a staple in the local diet.

China will provide up to 5 million yuan ($700,000) in subsidies for modern facilities installed in newly built hog farms and offer assistance for expanding operations under a six-point road map for increasing pork production unveiled last month. The plan also calls for higher subsidies for farms that have culled pigs because of the African swine fever epidemic, a highly contagious and often deadly viral disease.

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