French pig producers in despair
The French pig industry association Inaporc is
demanding immediate measures to alleviate the crisis situation among pig
Loans of €100m have already been granted by a private bank in order to tackle
the worst cash flow problems.
Inaporc is calling for Brussels to raise the recently-introduced export
subsidies to "compensate the disadvantage of the high Euro against the dollar".
According to the organisation, the French government has an obligation to
provide additional measures to help breeders in their present situation. It is
in consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture to reduce some duties. The
ministry has already made a sum of €6m available in the form of interest
Chairman of the French pig breeders association (FNP), Jean-Michel Serres,
cannot comprehend that French supermarkets can reduce pork during the current
crisis as farmers are losing out on €40 per pig.
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