Romanian pig numbers will rise again
The number of pigs in Romania will be increasing in
2006 and 2007.
This prediction is made by the United States Department of Agriculture
(USDA) on the basis that the number of pigs will eventually benefit from
investments, after years of decline.
The department's Foreign Agricultural
Service recently presented a livestock review
on the Eastern European country, entering
the EU zone from January 1st, 2007, together with Bulgaria.
Since the country gained certainty about its EU accession last week,
significant structural changes will be on their way. The USDA report says
"abundant local corn production and still-cheap labour can be key to the
In the beginning of this year, the report says, Romania's pig herd reached
a new low at 4.85 million head (down 1% from the previous year), mainly
attributed to the reduction in sow numbers, in particular the reproduction stock
in the last couple of years.
The quality of domestic pork remains a problem for the country. The report
concludes that "the majority of the pig herds (81% in 2005) are held in
individual households, with deficient feeding and husbandry practices, and
generally poor genetics."
As a result, for the second year in a row, pork was Romania's top
agricultural import in 2005 (almost $400 million).
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