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China's chickens need to lay a billion eggs a day. Here's how they're going to do it

Reuters  |  HANDAN, China 

By Dominique PattonHANDAN, China (Reuters) - Behind a row of sealed red incubator doors in a new facility in northern China, about 400,000 chicks are hatched every day, part of the rapidly modernising supply chain in China's $37 billion egg industry, the world's biggest.As China overhauls production of everything from pork to milk and vegetables, farmers raising hens for eggs are also shifting from backyards to factory farms, where modern standardised processes are expected to raise quality and safety.That's an important step in a country where melamine-tainted eggs and eggs with high ...

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 22:45 IST
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