China has long taken a cautious approach to controlling its staple grain import quota each year to ensure food security, but when it comes to other foodstuffs, overseas agricultural products are being warmly welcomed by the nation’s fast growing middle class. Thanks to the country’s fatter wallets and increasingly diverse diet, China imported 320,000 metric tons of fresh milk and 283,000 tons of mutton in 2014, up 73.5 and 9.3 percent year-on-year, according to the General Administration of Customs. The world’s most populous nation also purchased 71.4 million tons of soybeans and 383 million liters of wine from overseas markets, up 12.7 and 1.6 percent, respectively, from a year earlier…Full Article: China Daily Mar 2015

Key Point

  • From 2008 to 2014, Chinese consumption of mutton (lamb meat) rose from 12 kg per capita to 17.2 kg per capita, and is expected to increase to 28 kg per capita sometime between 2017 and 2022.

ChinaAg Comment

  • From 2008 to 2011, Chinese mutton (meat of an adult sheep) production has been relatively stagnant at approximately 3.9 million MTs. In 2011, China’s northern Inner Mongolia region had 35.6 million sheep (26% of China’s total supply) and produced 872,300 MTs of mutton (22% of China’s output).

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