Over 220,000 livestock animals such as chickens and pigs died due to the heatwave that continued every day.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced that as of the 26th, about 227,300 livestock animals, including chickens, had died.

By livestock, 148,500 broilers and 211,500 chickens accounted for the largest number, followed by 4,600 pigs, 1,780 ducks, and 1,400 other quails.

Compared to 2018, when the worst heat wave occurred among about two-thirds of the hot weather from July to mid-August, the damage was about 2.5%, but the scale could be larger as the heat wave continues.

However, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs judged that the impact of the heat wave on supply and demand would not be significant as the proportion of dead animals to the total number of animals was only 0.01-0.14%.

In particular, he explained that there has been little concern about a decrease in supply due to the heat wave as the level of damage is minimal except for one farm in relation to the supply and demand of eggs.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is promoting livestock inspection and facility improvement while maintaining an appropriate breeding density for each livestock species to reduce damage from heatwaves in the livestock sector.

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