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Polish pig farmers take to the streets

Several hundred Polish pig farmers took to the streets of Warsaw last week to protest against pork prices which they say are so low that they are operating at a loss.

They claim to be producing at levels lower than the cost price at a loss of €22.40 to €27.85 per pig.

Farmers from several organisations rallied in front of the Agriculture Ministry building in central Warsaw before marching to the chancellery of liberal Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

Farmers left a papier-mache pig and a basket of sugar beets in front of the Agriculture ministry as well as signed petitions.

Reacting upon the protest, Poland's minister of agriculture Marek Sawicki told a Polish radio programme the farmers' claims were unjustified.

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