China’s Ministry of Agriculture forecasts that total animal feed production in the country in 2010 will reach a record 140 million metric tons, about 6% more than the figure officially recorded for 2009.

An increase of 5.6% to 30.3 million metric tons has been reported by the ministry for national feed output in the first three months of 2010. Further rises are expected in the second and third quarter of the year, although a relative slowing may occur in the October-December period.

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In the final quarter of 2009, Chinese mills produced more than 39.8 million metric tons of compounds, premixes, concentrates and straight materials for feeding to farm animals and fish.