Thai pig farmers protest at CPF headquarters
Thai pig farmers have protested CPF's production
leadership, which has led, they say, in the last six months to the lowest prices
in the market.
In a rally, which took CPF's leadership by surprise, 300 small-scale pig
farmers, assembled in front of Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF), Silom Tower
Building in Bangkok, to demand that the market leader reduce its expansion of
pig farms and pig production.
accused CPF of selling their pork products in local markets at prices one or two
baht (€0.02 or €0.04) lower than those marketed by small scale
According to Somkid Rueangwilaisap, chairman of the Pig
Farmers Cooperative, CPF's pricing strategy has resulted in a revenue loss for
small pig farmers of up awards of seven billion baht (€160
Denying the allegations, Narong
Jiamjaibanjong, deputy managing director of the CPF subsidiary, Bangkok Feed
Mill Company, said that with only a 19-20% share of the domestic pig market this
was not enough to influence market pig prices and CPF was agreeable to a law to
control pig production.
According to the Thai Livestock Department,
over the past six months the market price for pigs has fallen markedly while
pork product prices, based on an annual consumption derived from 14 million
pigs, have remained high.
This supports the small farmers' grievance that the major
pork companies producing altogether about 18 million pigs yearly, are dominating
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â€¢ CPF: first quarter sales grow 6%
(10 May 2007)
â€¢ Charoen Pokphand Foods
â€¢ Thai Department of
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