Corn accounted for almost 8 per cent of China’s gross domestic product last year and 40 per cent of the country’s overall grain production, but one of the country’s three principle crops is feeling the effects of the African swine fever epidemic as demand for pig feed shrinks, according to industry insiders.

Along with wheat and rice, corn is one of the three principle crops in China, meaning the government will take steps to ensure the country’s self-sufficiency as part of its overarching food security policy.

The annual output of corn was the largest of all crops at 257 million tonnes last year, with the corn industry also an important part of the nation’s economy, contributing 7.8 per cent of China’s gross domestic product last year, according to Tong Yi, chief engineer at the China National Cereal, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation, the largest state-owned food processor in China.


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