Czech Rep loses pig breeding self-sufficiency
The Czech Republic is losing self-sufficiency in pig
breeding meaning that pork imports will grow in the coming years, and this may
have a negative impact on pork prices, Agricultural Chamber president Jan Veleba
told the Czech news agency.
Pork producers now cover only 60 percent of domestic pork consumption and
in a year or two, the share may drop to just 50 percent, he added.
stocks in the country decreased by 14 percent over the year which in turn will
impact on grain producers as they will lack buyers. Processors will be affected
as well, and employment will fall.
The trend has continued over the last
two years. The fall in pig stocks registered in the country in the second
quarter of the year is the biggest of all EU countries, Veleba said.
deficit in Czech foreign trade in pork reached Kc4.98bn (€2 million) last year.
As much as 130,000 tonnes of meat was imported last year, eight times more than
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