Czech farmers plan blockades over pork imports from Austria

by 5m Editor
13 March 2007, at 10:00am

CZECH REPUBLIC - Czech farmers plan blockades of border crossings with Austria by end-March in protest against increasing pork imports from Austria, Agricultural Chamber president Jan Veleba told CTK today.

Farmers want to point out that Czech pig breeders are facing the threat of a collapse, Veleba said but did not elaborate on the dates or the number of border crossings to be affected by the protest.

Retail chain Ahold opened a meat packaging plant in Cracow, Poland in August 2006. The plant supplies meat to Ahold outlets in the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia.

Austria's Interspar has started to import meat from Austria after cancelling Czech meat sales in more than half of its shops. Tesco Stores imports up to half of all meat it sells, said Veleba.

"This represents 37,000 tonnes of meat and losses worth about Kc2.4 billion a year," he added.

Source: Prague Daily Monitor

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