Polish farmers protest against low pork price
About 500 Polish farmers protested against low pork livestock prices and
agriculture minister Andrzej Lepper outside the parliament building in Warsaw.
The protesters said the pork prices are below the
production costs and they blamed Lepper for not doing anything about the
situation on the pork market. Poland's current pork livestock price oscillates
between 2.8 and 3 zlotys (US$0.9-1.01 per kilo.
The Polish government had promised to buy
80,000 tons of pork but in fact purchased only 18,000 tons. Slawomir Izdebski
with the All-Poland Alliance
of Trade Unions (OPZZ) said Lepper should have tried to solve the problem by
suggesting pork buyups and export subsidies to the EU.
The farmers also appealed to the
parliament speaker for help in combating the pig virus Aujeszky's disease
(pseudorabies) which hampers sales of Polish pork to Western Europe.
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