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Lochhead warns EU that Scottish pig industry faces collapse

by 5m Editor
18 March 2008, at 9:42am

UK - Richard Lochhead, the Cabinet secretary for rural affairs, yesterday gave a dire warning about the state of the Scottish pig industry to an agricultural council meeting in Brussels.

Mr Lochhead said: "While feed costs have doubled over the last year there has been little movement in the prices paid to producers. We should all be concerned about the potential collapse of the sector."

He was backed by his counterparts from all UK regions, and he welcomed support from Poland and a motion put forward by its farm minister calling for action to prevent a mass exodus from the sector. The minister made it clear that this was pan-European issue.

He added: "We are in regular contact with retailers about the need to take a long-term view of sustainability. I am delighted that Quality Meat Scotland has just launched a pork promotion."

Later today Mr Lochhead will meet Mariann Fischer Boel, the agricultural commissioner.

Source: Business.Scotsman.com

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