Finnish team to discuss pig farm profitability
The Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is
preparing a working group to consider the profitability crisis of Finland's pork
producers. Representatives from all levels of the food production chain, from
farmers to consumers will be part of the initiative.
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Sirkka-Liisa Anttila invited
representatives of the food production sector to the ministry for a two-hour
discussion focusing on the problems faced by pork producers. Farmers say that
the price at which they must sell the meat no longer covers the cost of
Anttila, speaking in national newspaper Kaleva came out in
favour of a European-wide decision to lift value-added tax on food. In the
interview, she said that Finland cannot be the only country to make such a move,
and that therefore, a joint EU decision would be needed.
The lifting of
VAT on food would especially promote the production of domestic meat, she says.
Proposals have already been suggested to lift the tax on all healthy foods in
order to encourage better eating habits. The government has already approved a
reduction of the food tax from 17 to 12 percent beginning next
â€¢ Ministry of Agriculture and
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