Working Group to Ruminate Pork Profitability Dilemma

FINLAND - Finland's Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is working towards setting up a group to help find a way out of the Finnish pork producers' profitability dilemma.
calendar icon 3 July 2008
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The team will have representatives from all levels of the food production chain, from farmers to consumers.

According to YLE, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Sirkka-Liisa Anttila asked representatives of the food production sector to the ministry for a two-hour discussion on the problems in pork production. Farmers say that the price at which they must sell the meat no longer covers the cost of production.

Meanwhile, in an interview with the newspaper Kaleva on Wednesday, Anttila came out in favour of a European-wide decision to lift value-added tax on food.

In the interview, she said that Finland cannot be the only country to make such a move, and that therefore, a joint EU decision would be needed.

The government has already approved a reduction of the food tax from 17 to 12 percent beginning next year.

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