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China Will Need World’s Grains to Feed Home-Grown Meat Ambitions

  • Nation aims to produce 95% of pork at home through 2025
  • Targets seen to bolster overseas purchases of soybeans, grains

China’s reaffirmation of a long-term goal to be almost entirely self-sufficient in pork production means it will keep scooping up global grain supplies to feed the world’s largest pig herd. 

The country, which consumes half of the world’s pork, will maintain a target to produce 95% of the protein at home through 2025. It wants to be self sufficient in poultry and egg, 85% for beef and mutton, and 70% for dairy, the agriculture ministry said, adding that they form part of China’s food security goals.