Rallying For a Fair Deal and Survival

UK - Pig farmers will descend on Whitehall next week for a protest against unfair prices. The UK industry is calling for fairer deal for producers before it is too late.
calendar icon 28 February 2008
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The demonstration, organised by the National Pig Association (NPA) will see hundreds of farmers gather outside Downing Street on 4 March 2008 to raise awareness of the industry’s desperate plight.

British Pig Executive (BPEX) chairman Stewart Houston said the move out of pigs has already started and if it gathers pace, it will be too late to do anything about it.

“We could soon be in the situation that British consumers may not be able to buy Quality Standard pork for much longer,” he added.

The NPA claim the industry is now losing over £3.5m every week and unless prices rise urgently, pig production could cease to exist in the UK.

And a report in the Farmers Guardian said a recent survey showed that almost 95 per cent of pig farmers in the UK are on the verge of quitting. Without price rises the situation is set to get worse.

The future of pig producers also came under the spotlight this week as Waitrose launched its own campaign, Save Our Bacon. Supported by a host of celebrities from Rick Stein to Gordon Ramsay, the campaign also aims to raise awareness of the issue and to help keep pig production in the UK.

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