China hog inventories to return to end-2017 levels by June this year -minister

BEIJING, Feb 22 (Reuters) - China's hog inventories are expected to return to end-2017 levels by around June this year, the country's agriculture minister said on Monday.

The worst pork shortage period has passed and supplies will be more ample going forward, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Tang Renjian said at a news briefing.

The number of hogs slaughtered and supplies of pork will return to normal levels in the second half of the year, Tang added. (Reporting by Hallie Gu and Dominique Patton; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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