Aid package ahead for Scottish pig producers

05-08-2008 | |

First Minister Alex Salmond stated during a meeting with NFU Scotland representatives at Turriff Show that a package of aid to help Scotland’s pig producers will be announced later this month.

The aid in response to the huge impact of last August’s foot-and-mouth outbreak on the Scottish pig sector, had however been expected to be announced last month. Accroding to Mr Salmond the delay was due to the Vion merger Scotland’s biggest pig processor, Grampian Country Food Group.

Although specifics of the Scottish Governments’ package has not been announced it will almost certainly be based on the recommendations of an industry taskforce set up in May.

Rural Affairs Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead came in for criticism for ignoring pig producers, whose financial troubles following the foot-and-mouth outbreak were only greatened by the collapse in global pig prices and escalating feed costs.

This led to losses of up to £25 on every finished pig sold for more than eight months.

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