Pork Producers shocked over PC findings
Australian pork producers are in shocked after the
Productivity Commission (PC) released their findings into the Safeguards Inquiry
into the Import of Pigmeat.
The Inquiry centred around whether temporary
â€žsafeguard"tariff restraints should
be imposed on imports of pork before the 2007 Federal election. The PC did not
find increased pork imports to be a serious threat to the domestic pork
In a press release, Australian Pork Limited's
(APL) CEO, Andrew Spencer, expressed disappointment at the findings. "APL, along
with hundreds of Australian pork producers, are baffled that the PC has chosen
not to see the link between the record levels of pig meat imports and the worst
producer profitability crisis in living memory," Spencer said.
He commented further that imports had increased by 40% in 2007 and these new
findings will result in more exits by producers. "Nearly 70% of the bacon and
ham in the supermarkets originates from overseas" in countries where producers
can benefit from agricultural subsidies. Whilst the domestic pork industry is
being destroyed by increases in production costs.
"Delay in any action by Government is not an option given the threat to the
critical mass of the industry, mass producer exits and widespread culling of the
breeding herd.", he concluded.
â€¢ Productivity Commission
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