China resumes livestock, poultry farming

BEIJING (Xinhua) – The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said last Saturday that more will be done to ensure that the country’s livestock and poultry businesses will meet their output and supply targets this year despite the novel coronavirus epidemic.

Measures taken by related authorities have boosted production resumption and helped firms in accessing feed and finding buyers, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Han Changfu told a video conference on coordinating and boosting livestock and poultry production in south China.

Animal husbandry businesses showed positive changes with feed supply basically secured, poultry inventory reduced and livestock production recovery gaining momentum, Han said.

The meeting also highlighted facilitating poultry sales with efforts including orderly reopening live poultry markets production by speeding up the construction of production capacity expansion projects and supporting small and medium-sized producers in scaling up output.

Targetted policies will be introduced to incentivise livestocks and poultry farming, while prevention and control measures will be beefed up against animal diseases including bird flu and African swine fever.