Cargill Inc. plans to open a US$250 million broiler production plant in Anhui province, China, by the middle of 2013, according to reports. The integrated facility will include a feed mill, farms, hatchery and processing plants, said Christopher Langholz, business unit leader for Cargill Animal Protein.

"We are doing the construction right now and hope to start by June or July next year," said Langholz. "We will raise 65 million birds a year and it will be one of the biggest integrated plants in China. There is a big trend going on. Just as 20 years ago you had in pork with modern technology and corporate people getting involved in production, now all that has started happening in chicken."

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China's poultry industry has been expanding, will an annual growth at 5 to 6 percent due to increasing incomes.