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The great snout rout

The great snout rout

First detected in August last year, the deadly African Swine Fever (ASF) virus has spread to every province in mainland China, devastating its pig population. Rabobank estimates the disease will claim 55 per cent of the country’s pig herd in 2019, significant given that China used to account for around half of the global total. A quarter of China’s annual pork production has already disappeared, equivalent to 13m tonnes. To put this into context, the loss is larger than the 12m tonnes of pork produced by the US last year. 

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