Crisis in Czech pig market
A crisis is looming among Czech pig breeders and pig
meat processors according to Jan Veleba, president of the Agricultural Chamber.
He stated further that the steep hike in cereal prices has
further deteriorated the downward trend in pig and pig breeder numbers. If the
trend continues, prices in stores will significantly increase as the Czech
Republic is no longer self-sufficient in pig production.
one in ten pig breeders ceases his activities.
have estimated that pig numbers have decreased by 870,000 in the last seven
years to 2.816.000 pigs.
"Cereals are a major element of feed
mixtures in pig breeding. As the prices of cereals have doubled each year, feed
mixtures are thus becoming the mostly costly item in pig breeding", said Veleba.
"Producing a kilo of pig meat is about five crowns higher than the
profit earned from its sale," stated Veleba.
director of the sales cooperative, Centroodbyt, explained that farmers want the Ministry
of Agriculture to get more involved in tackling the problem of domestic pig
breeders by taking an example from neighbouring countries who are secretly
supporting their farmers with subsidies.
One quarter of animal
production and 10 % of the country's agricultural produce n the Czech
Republic is pig breeding.
year, Czechs consume about 41 kg of pork per head. Before accession to the EU in
2004, the Czechs were self sufficient in pork production.
domestic pig production was only able to cover 80% of demand. This year,
however, it will only be able to cover 75%.
â€¢ Czech Ministry of
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