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China's pork producers race to fatten up and hog market share

Beijing offers incentives to expand industry after disease cuts supplies

The first domestic case of swine flu was reported in August 2018, and the deadly hog disease quickly spread across China by spring 2019.   © Reuters

DALIAN, China -- The country's top pork producers plan to invest billions of dollars into doubling output to stabilize supply as African swine fever has decimated China's hog population, a move that will further cement their leading positions in the market.

The producers' expansion push has the support of Beijing, which is eager to nurture big hog producers to prevent market volatility that wreaks havoc on a country that eats half of the world's pork output.

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