China’s efforts to stem the spread of African swine fever were dealt a fresh blow on Friday when the agricultural ministry confirmed it had found the first case in a wild boar, deepening a three-month-old crisis for the world’s top pork producer. The country also confirmed the first outbreak in the southwest province of Sichuan, the country’s leading pig-herding region, raising the likelihood of a major impact to pork supplies in coming months. The disease was found in a dead wild boar in Bastian city, Jilting province, in northeastern China, the ministry of agriculture and Rural Affairs said. “The new case means that it will be even more difficult to control African swine fever. How do you control wild boars?" said Yah Guiding, an analyst with consultancy China-America Commodity Data Analytics. China has banned transportation of live pigs and products from regions infected by African swine fever and neighbouring provinces to control the spread of the highly contagious disease, as w...
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