Direct economic losses are estimated at 2.25 billion yuan (US$?348 million) for China’s poultry and livestock industries following floods in the central province of Henan, China, which have been described as the worst in decades.
Over 1 million hectares of crop fields and some 15,000 farms have been affected, with the floods killing 6.4 million chickens and 248,000 pigs.
Furthermore, the floods have led to a slight rise in the price of poultry, eggs, beef and mutton, according to the agriculture and rural affairs ministry. Meanwhile, the price of pork – the staple meat in China – has remained stable in recent weeks, reports the China Macro Economy.
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China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said the floods had increased the risks of epidemics as rotting carcasses of dead poultry, pigs and other livestock floating in the undrained water could produce and spread pathogens.