China reports African Swine Fever has penetrated its largest pork producing province of Sichuan

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s agricultural ministry confirmed on Friday the first outbreak of deadly African swine fever in the southwest province of Sichuan, the country’s top pig-producing region, raising the likelihood of a major impact to pork supplies in coming months.

Sichuan produced almost 66 million pigs for slaughter last year, according to official data, more than any other province.

For reference, the loss of 5% of the Chinese hog herd is equal to annual US pork exports. 10% is equal to annual global pork exports.