British Pig Industry welcomes DEFRA inquiry
BPEX has welcomed the government's decision to
undertake an investigation into the state of the English pig
â€œWe have had a number of meetings with the government
in the widest sense and so far as we are concerned for the Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee to spontaneously say it is holding
an inquiry into the pig industry is fantastic news, â€œ said Chris Lamb at
DEFRA has developed four simple questions as part of its
consultation that ends on 11 September. Lamb said BPEX would be responding to
it, as would the National Pig Association and large number of pig farmers and
those in allied industries.
The questions posed by DEFRA are:
What is wrong with the pig industry in England?
Are domestic pig welfare
standards a principal reason that English producers have problems competing with
those outside the UK?
What could supermarkets and the hospitality industry
do to alleviate the pressure on the domestic pig industry?
Government do more to support the industry either directly or through its public
The formal report should be published towards the
end of this year or the beginning of next year.
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