Polish pig farmers take to the streets

18-02-2008 | |

Several hundred Polish pig farmers took to the streets of Warsaw last week to protest against pork prices which they say are so low that they are operating at a loss.

They claim to be producing at levels lower than the cost price at a loss of €22.40 to €27.85 per pig.

Farmers from several organisations rallied in front of the Agriculture Ministry building in central Warsaw before marching to the chancellery of liberal Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

Farmers left a papier-mache pig and a basket of sugar beets in front of the Agriculture ministry as well as signed petitions.

Reacting upon the protest, Poland’s minister of agriculture Marek Sawicki told a Polish radio programme the farmers’ claims were unjustified.

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