QINGDAO, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- China has become the world's leading meat
producer, with 29 percent of the global total output last year, an industry
official said Thursday.
Last year, China's meat production topped 72.69 million tonnes, up 6
percent from the previous year, Deng Fujiang, vice president of the China Meat
Association, told the World Pork Conference which opened Thursday morning in
eastern China's coastal city of Qingdao.
Of the total, 63.5 percent was pork, he said, adding nearly half of the
world's pork last year had been produced in China.
China is a major consumer of meat products as well. It imported1.84 million
tonnes but exported only 742,000 tonnes last year, said Deng.
Patrick J. Moore, president of the International Meat Secretariat, said he
expected increasing worldwide meat consumption and international trade despite
the impact of the global economic downturn and the A/H1N1 flu epidemic.
Global meat consumption is projected to expand by almost 2 percent annually
from now to 2018 to more than 320 million tones, 37.5 percent of which would be
pig meat, he said, citing an OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development)-FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organization) Agricultural Outlook
report issued in June.