Polish farmers protest against low pork price

06-03-2007 | |

About 500 Polish farmers protested against low pork livestock prices and agriculture minister Andrzej Lepper outside the parliament building in Warsaw.

The protesters said the pork prices are below the production costs and they blamed Lepper for not doing anything about the situation on the pork market. Poland’s current pork livestock price oscillates between 2.8 and 3 zlotys (US$0.9-1.01 per kilo.

Buying pork

The Polish government had promised to buy 80,000 tons of pork but in fact purchased only 18,000 tons. Slawomir Izdebski with the All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions (OPZZ) said Lepper should have tried to solve the problem by suggesting pork buyups and export subsidies to the EU.

Fighting diseases

The farmers also appealed to the parliament speaker for help in combating the pig virus Aujeszky’s disease (pseudorabies) which hampers sales of Polish pork to Western Europe.

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