October 25, 2013
Denmark plans to raise pig exports to US$2.8 billion by 2030
Denmark's pig sector has planed to increase exports to DKK15 billion (US$2.8 billion) and create 10,000 more jobs by 2030 through easier access to funding and new regulations to control the environmental effects of pig farming, according to the Danish Agriculture and Food Council.
The expansion forecast has been based on research of developments on the sector over the last 30 years, which saw an increase in the Danish pig herd from 10 million to 30 million pigs.
According to Nicolaj Norgaard, director of the Danish Pig Research Centre, improvements in the environmental impact that pig farming have produced a more efficient and cleaner production system. He said that the pig industry is expected to produce more piglets per sow.
Chairman of the Danish Pig Research Centre, Lindhart Nielsen said the research had been a wake-up call to politicians, producers and companies. He added that the Danish pig industry is in a position to capitalise on the growing demand for food globally, with a production system that has "the lowest environmental impact and highest food safety standards".
He also said that to achieve the objectives of growth in jobs and exports there was a need for more funding to be available to help farmers develop.