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fever outbreaks, affecting all 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions on the mainland, since the country’s first reported outb
reak in Shenyang, Liaoning province, in August, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.
This resulted in more than 1 million pigs being slaughtered to prevent and control the disease, which is deadly to pigs but does no
t affect people. The ministry has called for intensified research and development to expedite the availability of v
accines for disease prevention and control, but admitted difficulties due to the complex nature of the virus.
China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of pork, with an a
nnual production of 700 million pigs. Pork accounts for 62 percent of meat con
sumption in China, and sustained outbreaks of African swine fever will cause devastating consequences to the pi
g industry and endanger China’s food security, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences said.
a’s photovoltaic products. Export value to Vietnam rose 239 times to $739 million in the fi
rst quarter, taking up 16.8 percent of China’s total photovoltaic export value.
With the European Union ending its anti-dumping and anti-subsidy meas
ures, photovoltaic exports from China to Europe also saw large increase in Q1.
The country’s photovoltaic products export volume to the Netherlands and Spain increased 1,049.6 percent and 158.3 perc
ent, respectively, in the first quarter, said the report. It predicted that the emerging markets, such as Mexico, Aus
tralia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates will further boost the export of China’s photovoltaic modules.
The export of China’s photovoltaic products to the United States dropped 28.9 pe
rcent to just 0.01 GW in the first quarter, the report said. The Section 201, Section 3
higher than in previous years,” she said. “Also, the rainy season is supposed to begin after the May Day holiday, but I haven’t seen a drop of rain so far.”
Data from the National Climate Center shows that the average rainfall from April 1 to May 17 is 35.3 millim
eters, down almost two-thirds from the same period last year, the least recorded rainfall over that period since 1961.
In addition to the drought, the average temperature is 1.9 C higher than average for the period, the highest since 1961.
Chen, the chief forecaster, said that according to the mid- to long-term forecast ra
infall will relieve drought in the eastern part of Yunnan province, though its western part will still be plagued by the drought.
Surveillance from the National Climate Center shows that
drought is also occurring in the Inner Mongolia and Guangxi Zhuang autonomous regions, as well