UPDATE 1-China to launch hog futures on Dalian exchange next month

* Live pig futures to start trading on Jan 8 -securities regulator

* China is the world’s biggest producer and consumer of pork

* Pig farmers see contract as hedging tool amid volatile prices (Adds background)

Dec 11 (Reuters) - China’s securities regulator said on Friday hog futures would be listed on the Dalian Commodity Exchange on Jan. 8, as the world’s top pork producer finally rolls out a commodity contract that has been discussed for more than a decade.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission, which announced the launch date in a brief statement on its website, had approved the listing in April as China sought to revive its economy after the coronavirus outbreak and ease volatility in the highly cyclical pork market.

The launch on the Dalian bourse, which is already home to other agricultural commodity futures such as soybeans and rice, will see China become the second market in the world to trade live pig futures after the United States.

China is home to around half the world’s pigs, producing about 50 million tonnes per year of pork, which is a staple of Chinese cuisine.

However, Chinese pig farmers face a volatile market - particularly after the arrival of African swine fever in 2018 killed million of hogs and sent pork price to record highs - and some previously said they would welcome a futures contract as a hedging tool.

China’s pork prices in November slumped 12.5% year-on-year, according to the official consumer price index released earlier this week, as the country replenished its pig stocks following the swine fever outbreak. (Reporting by Tom Daly; additional reporting by Dominique Patton; Editing by Jane Merriman and Mark Potter)