Hungary: pork intervention purchases needed
EU member Hungary will urge Brussels to start
intervention purchases of pork to ease market tensions on
The difficulties are related to the problems Poland has to export its pigmeat
to Russia, the Hungarian minister of agriculture JÃ³zsef GrÃ¡f
Russia has banned Polish meat
because of sanitary and food safety reasons, causing Polish pig prices to
decrease. Approximately 4 million pigs that cannot be sold, have been
accumulated in Poland. They were sent to several markets across the European
Hungary faces most of these extra shipments, with over
half a million animals imported from Poland in 2006 only, about 12-14% of total
slaughterings in one year.
Import prices are
averaging at €0.72-0.80 per kilogramme. Domestic prices fall in the range of
€0.92-0.96 per kilogramme.
The Hungarian minister meets his Polish
colleague on the issue this week.
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