No emergency funding for pig farmers in crisis
According to Pork Nova Scotia of
Canada, a lack of government funding will result in many producers liquidating
their herds in January.
producers were described as "stunned" when the province gave the news that there
would be no emergency funding for pig farmers in crisis. With rising feed prices
and transportation costs,
pig producers are not earning money to pay their bills.
organisation said that as a result of pig producers liquidating their herds in
January, the infrastructure and associated suppliers will experience a
Porskamp, Pork Nova Scotia chairman said that the options
for the pig farmers are limited, affecting about 1,000 jobs in
Kings County alone.
"The Nova Scotia Department of
Agriculture has been working with the industry on business development
initiatives and the minister has struck a committee to look at a competitiveness
transition model for Nova Scotia agriculture. Sadly, we will not be here to reap
the benefits of these efforts if the province doesn't bridge us through the
winter to these new programmes," said Porskamp, adding that the loss of jobs and
livelihoods will be "a devastating blow."
Pork Nova Scotia says production
dropped from 215,000 hogs in 2000 to 188,500 in 2005, and more than 30 farms
have already disappeared.
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