The French pig industry association Inaporc is demanding immediate measures to alleviate the crisis situation among pig breeders.
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 subsidies.
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.