Taiwan pig farmers facing â€œcrunchâ€
A lawmaker has urged the Taiwanese central government
to look into what he calls an "unprecedented crunch" facing the nation's pig
farmers whose livelihoods have been seriously affected by rising feed prices and
steep drops in pork prices.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Pan Meng-an asked the
government to reduce pork imports to help stabilise pork prices in Taiwan.
During the first five months of this year before President Ma Ying-jeou came to
power, pork imports were maintained at a level between 1,000 tonnes and 1,200
tonnes per month, he said.
After Ma assumed office on May 20, pork
imports surged to 2,700 tonnes in June, 4,000 tonnes in July and 4,900 tonnes
last month â€” causing pork prices in the domestic market to plummet rapidly
despite the fact that almost all other product prices were still
The rise in feed prices has meant that pig farms are loosing
NT$400 for each pig they sold.Click here for the free Pig Progress
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