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Agriculture Insurance Companies Take A Hit From African Swine Fever

By Wu Yujian and Tang Ziyi / Dec 12, 2019 02:14 PM / Economy

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

China’s agriculture insurance companies have taken a hit from the nationwide deadly African swine fever that wiped out a significant portion of the country’s pigs, Caixin has learned.

The loss ratio of pig insurance has risen to 130%, meaning the insurance companies are effectively paying out 130 yuan for every 100 yuan collected, multiple industry experts told Caixin at a recent agricultural insurance forum. Before the outbreak, the loss ratios for pig insurance companies ranged from 50% to 60%, Caixin learned.

In addition, most smaller farmers have shown less enthusiasm to start raising pigs again after the losses they incurred due to the deadly pig fever, which in turn has made insurance companies’ revenue decrease, according to Lin Changqing, a deputy general manager at the agriculture insurance department of People’s Insurance Co. of China.

Since the first case of African swine fever was reported in China in August 2018, about one-third of the country’s hogs have died of the disease or been culled, causing an estimated $140 billion of direct losses. Industry analysts expect the country’s pork production to drop by as much as 40% this year.

Read the full story later today on Caixin Global 

Contact reporter Tang Ziyi (ziyitang@caixin.com)

Related: In Depth: China’s Small Pig Farmers Stuck in Financing Mire After Swine Fever


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