Canadian pork industry urgently wants answers
Canada's 11,000 hog producers cannot wait any longer as
their livelihoods are at risk. They are demanding to know whether governments
support the hog sector and its future.
Clare Schlegel, President of the Canadian Pork Council, is quoted as stating
in a press release yesterday, that the producers are not looking for grants, but
rather some form of assistance to help alleviate the current pressures such as
the high feed costs coupled with the strong Canadian dollar and the low hog
Loans for pork producers
The CPC highlighted the fact
that it has long called for governments to help producers by providing loans
that are repayable with interest and by improving the existing risk management
It is imperative that the governments now assure the pork producers that
these loans are in fact available - especially before Christmas.
"This industry is not like manufacturing. Producers cannot close their barns
and walk away. They urgently need relief," said Schlegel.
In addition, the Council has issued a 'Question & Answers' information
sheet indicating that the current crisis is "beyond hog producers' control" and
that it is not a pure Canadian problem with both the EU and Australia
The need to preserve the Canadian pig industry is emphasised by the Council.
"It has a bright future with important competitive advantages including
excellent genetics and a very high standard for animal health".
â€¢ Canadian Pork Council
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