Ministry of agriculture and rural areas: eating poultry is more beneficial to health

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 Ministry of agriculture and rural areas: eating poultry is more beneficial to health


Beijing, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) - Yang Zhenhai, director of the animal husbandry and Veterinary Bureau of the Ministry of agriculture and rural areas, said today that the overall increase in poultry meat, eggs, cattle and sheep products this year has alleviated the tight supply of pork to a certain extent. At the same time, because eating poultry is more conducive to health, poultry production is more conducive to reducing resource pressure and environmental protection, he suggested that consumers consume more poultry.

Information chart: Baitiao chicken stall in the market.

On November 22, the Ministry of agriculture and rural areas held a press conference on the situation of pig production in October. When talking about such issues as how about the production and supply of eggs, poultry meat and other pork substitutes, Yang Zhenhai said that since this year, the production of meat and poultry has been increasing rapidly, with different degrees of growth of eggs, beef and mutton, and abundant market supply. A substantial increase in poultry meat can to some extent fill the gap in the supply of pork, which is conducive to increasing the supply of vegetable basket products such as meat and eggs during the Spring Festival on New Years day.

Yang Zhenhai said that according to the monitoring data of the Ministry of agriculture and rural areas, from January to October, the total number of broilers in China increased by 15.5% year-on-year, and the production capacity reached a historical high; the milk production increased by 5.6% year-on-year, which is also rare in recent years. In October, egg production increased by 6.1% year-on-year, with a month on month growth for six consecutive months. Meanwhile, according to the data of the National Bureau of statistics, the output of beef and mutton in the first three quarters reached 4.58 million tons and 3.3 million tons respectively, up 3.2% and 2.3% respectively.

Yang Zhenhai said that based on the data analysis from all aspects, the Ministry of agriculture and rural areas predicted that the annual growth potential of poultry meat was more than 3 million tons, that of milk was more than 1.6 million tons, that of eggs was more than 800000 tons, and that of beef and mutton was more than 300000 tons. In general, the overall increase in production of poultry meat, eggs, cattle and sheep products, and the increase in production of poultry meat can alleviate the tight supply of pork to a certain extent and enrich the supply of vegetable basket products for the people. The supply of livestock products is guaranteed.

Yang Zhenhai introduced that in 2016, poultry meat replaced pork as the most consumed meat in the world. It is mainly believed that poultry belongs to white meat and pork belongs to red meat. Eating poultry is more conducive to health and economy. The feed conversion rate of Broilers and ducks is less than 2:1, and that of pigs is 3.5:1, so it is more effective.

Poultry production is more conducive to reducing resource pressure and environmental protection, so it is suggested that we consume more poultry. Yang Zhenhai said so.

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