BEIJING, Oct 18 (Reuters) - China produced 31.81 million tonnes of pork in the first nine months of 2019, down 17.2% from a year earlier, official data showed on Friday, after African swine fever devastated its hog herd.
Output fell as the size of the herd declined 28.5% from a year ago to 306.75 million head, the National Bureau of Statistics said. That was down 11.76% from the 347.61 million head it reported in the first half of the year. The number of slaughtered hogs fell 17.3% to 409.78 million head.
African swine fever, an incurable virus that kills pigs but does not harm humans, has swept through China’s hog herd, the world’s largest, since August 2018. (Reporting by Dominique Patton; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)