Retailers hold down British prices

by 5m Editor
22 October 2004, at 12:00am

UK - Supermarkets are determined to hold down the price of British pigs in the run up to Christmas, says Traffic Lights tonight.


National Pig Association

NPA is active on members' behalf in Brussels & Whitehall, and with processors, supermarkets & caterers - fighting for the growth and pros-perity of the UK pig industry.

It says if the market were allowed to find its natural level, prices would rise 10p overnight.

Working on insider information, it alleges that to prevent this happening, retailers are continuing to import fresh pork even though there is no price benefit. The result is that pigs are being rolled at a time of year when they should be in demand. DAPP currently stands at 99p compared with 105p this time last year (when continental pork was 12p a kilo cheaper). Traffic Lights sees no solution but a concerted publicity campaign and direct action.

Fallen stock scheme start date

Farmers can register for the National Fallen Stock Scheme from Monday November 22. Collections will start the same day. A special helpline will be open from next Monday to answer farmers' questions about the scheme.

Government is providing 310 million in the first year to allow the National Fallen Stock Company to pay 30 percent of the costs of collection of fallen farmed stock. There will be an annual subscription fee of 328 for livestock farmers. Helpline number from Monday October 25: 0845 0548888.

Source: National Pig Association - 21st October 2004

5m Editor