China says to step up subsidizing hog equipment to boost output

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* China said on Friday it will step up subsidies for hog equipment, among a raft of measures the government has rolled out in recent weeks in a bid to boost pig production after African swine fever ravaged its pig herd

* The new measures are aimed at supporting pig farmers in purchasing equipment such as automated pig-feeding, tools for epidemic prevention and waste treatment, according to a statement posted on the website of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs

* Provincial governments shall prioritize taking pig farmers’ applications for state grants and also expedite rolling out new hog equipment, the ministry said

* Beijing earlier this week asked local governments to expand subsidized loans to more pig farms and increase insurance for hogs

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