No Czech pig farmers blocking border
Czech farmers have abandoned their plans of blocking the
border with Austria next Thursday.
The announcement follows negotiations with meat processors, retail companies
and government officials at the initiative of agriculture minister Petr
president of the Czech Agrarian Chamber, which had called for the blockade, says
the crisis committee had decided to carry out milder forms of
Czech pig farmers and meat
processors are unhappy about increasing imports of pigmeat which they say are
undermining their market position. Traders, however, say they cannot obtain the
required volumes and quality from domestic supplies.
pointed out, that some of the imported products come from Czech
The Czech Republic exports a huge number of live pigs because
there is more EU-standard processing capacity abroad. The meat is then
However, live animal exports could lead
to supply difficulties in the Czech Republic, Gandalovic said.
was particularly the case for cattle. Last year, Czech farmers exported 38,000
calves and 64,000 fattening bulls to other EU
Related news item:
â€¢ Czechs warn Austrians over pork imports
(14 March 2007)
Ministry of Agriculture
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