China’s pork imports totalled 272,700 metric tonnes during the first half of 2012, with the bulk of this being fresh meat. Frozen offal imports rose 10% to 411,600 metric tonnes.
However, as Bord Bia’s Asia manager James O’Donnell notes, China has a five-year plan to increase meat production by 85m tonnes by 2015, an increase of 17% on 2010 levels. Pork would account for 54m tonnes of the increase, boosting production by 7% relative to 2010.
Mr O’Donnell said: “China’s consumers are expected to eat more meat as disposal income levels rise and the population level increases. While pork as a percentage of overall meat consumption has dropped from over 85% in 1985 to 65% in 2010, per capita pork consumption is forecast to rise by more than 2kg/head by 2020 to 39.7kg/head.
“China’s efforts to increase pork production focus around investment in large-scale intensive production units.”
There have been several investment announcements in recent weeks.
CP Group announced plans to invest €36m in Henan province to set up a hog project consisting of a grandparent generation swine farm, a parent generation swine farm and four hog-fattening farms. Huaxi Hope Sichuan Tequ Investment Co plans to set up a hog farm in Chongqing capable of finishing 300,000 head annually and a processing plant capable of handling over 1m head. Guangdong WENS Group plans to invest €74m in Sichuan to set up a hog farm capable of finishing 300,000 head annually.