(Yicai Global) March 25 - Pork prices in China continued to edge down last week as hog production increased and demand softened, official data showed.
From March 16 to 20, the average pork price index in 16 provincial-level regions tracked by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs came in at 47.52 yuan (about 6.7 U.S. dollars) per kg, down 1.6 percent week on week.
The price retreat came as China is making headway in resuming hog production as a string of targeted policies have taken effect.
China's breeding sows in stock in 400 counties monitored by the ministry expanded by 1.7 percent month on month in February, growing for the fifth consecutive month, according to the ministry.
China will expand the scale of subsidized loans and increase risk tolerance on loans to pig farmers as part of efforts to boost hog production.
Prices of pork, a staple meat in China, have been soaring in recent months, mainly caused by African swine fever and cyclical factors.