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The Chinese pig farms have been wrestling the African swine fever, which hit them last year. According to the analysis, the epidemic is so bad that it is likely to bring severe consequences. The ripples of the crisis have not only been felt in China, which receives more pork imports but also within the global market.

The biggest impact left by African swine fever

In China, pork is a huge part of the diet for millions of Chinese households. It also signifies a family’s well-being. This is the more reason the nation is in fear of having its pig population wiped out by the pig-killing disease. There is also the fear of shortage in exports as a result of decreased pork production. This will result in increased prices of what is available. This is according to the leading pork producer in the world, Smithfield Foods Inc.

The new unfolding has forced the central government to start releasing the frozen pork reserves. Word also has it that most cities are also eating into their reserves. But even then, the Agricultural Investment Corporation, Zhang Lichen, claims that none of these moves is likely to fill the repair of the impact caused by the African swine fever.

A Guangzhou restaurateur, Zhu says, “We are now using frozen pork to cut costs, but it does affect the taste, and some restaurant guests can tell and complain that they do not like frozen meat.”

But the U.S. farmers are likely to benefit from the range of the pig disease

As the Chinese market grapples with the swine disease, the U.S. farmers are likely to be celebrating. This is because, for a very long time, the National Pork Producers Council has been seeking a trade deal with China, aimed at eliminating tariff barriers.

Meanwhile, in the latest trade negotiations between China and the U.S., the latter has made its demands to China. One of the demands states that China will have to buy American farm products worth billions of dollars. On the other hand, China is demanding the cancellation of any additional tariffs imposed by the U.S.