rts have ▓begun a te▓n

erchant. As a▓ jade collector, Li knows that pigs ▓symbolize fortune, and hence w▓hy so many Han Dy▓nasty (206 BC - AD 220) royal families were buried with jade pi▓gs in their coffins. "Laifu co▓mes not by accident," Li said, explaining that a fold o▓f skin on his head▓ resembling yuan bao, or ancient money, appeared four ▓months afte▓r his arrival▓, to the delight of▓ Li, who saw it as▓ a good sign. The ▓Chinese government is taking measures to protect the

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▓interests of ▓pig farmers aft▓er the pork to corn price ratio dropped below the break even▓ mark. Statistics post


ed b▓y the National Development▓ and Reform Commis▓sion show the ratio is now ▓at 5.8 to 1, just

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under the break ev▓en point of 6 to 1. The Ministry of▓ Commerce, Mini▓stry of Finan▓ce and Nat


ional Development and Reform Commission have together launched measure▓s to purchase and st▓ockp

s, exa▓mini

ile pork.Zhou Wangjun, Official of NDRC said ▓"By bidding invitation, we will choose 140 firm

ng pig tis

s to purchase and 30 storehous▓es to stockpile pork."China's pork prices hav▓e continued to drop▓

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since the beginning of the year. The government had earlier issued a not▓ice, setting the b▓rea

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k-even point for pig farming ▓at 6:1. That mean▓s pig farmers will incur loss▓es if the per kilo price of pork drop

farms where the vir

s below th▓e price of six▓ kilograms of corn. In May, pork prices remained at a low level. The ratio of pork to corn prices continued to drop below▓ 6:1 for four consecutive weeks.Zhou Wangjun, Of▓ficial of

NDRC said "One kilo price of▓ pork is equal to▓ 6 to 5.5 kilogram of corn. We have launched a level three response system which is aimed at mai▓ntaining pork prices at a reasonable level and pr▓otecting pig farmers' interests."The National ▓Develop

ment and Ref▓orm Commission is closely mon▓itoring pork prices. If the pork price drops further, a c▓hange to level two would req▓uire meat processin▓g mills to

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