April 17, 2019 / 2:09 AM / 3 days ago

China's pork output falls 5.2 pct in March quarter - stats bureau

BEIJING, April 17 (Reuters) - China produced 14.63 million tonnes of pork in the first three months of 2019, down 5.2 percent from a year earlier, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Wednesday.

The country’s hog herd, the world’s largest, has been hit by an outbreak of African swine fever, a virus that is deadly in pigs but harmless for humans.

Output fell as the size of the herd declined 10.1 percent to 375.25 million head, the bureau said. The number of slaughtered hogs fell 5.1 percent to 188.42 million head. (Reporting by Dominique Patton; editing by Richard Pullin)

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