August 24, 2010

French pork producers seek government assistance


French pork producers hope the government will draft a rescue plan for the industry which is currently facing higher costs and tough international competition, Guillaume Roue, president of sector organisation Inaporc said.

French breeders are confronted with higher expenses as the prices of wheat, corn and soy, which are used to feed animals, have risen significantly over the past few months.

Consequently, small producers, who are already indebted, may not be able to weather the crisis in the sector.

Sector organisations believe that France is rapidly losing its competitiveness, especially when experts make comparison with the situation in Germany.

In Germany, farmers raise some 45 million pigs, whereas the number of slaughtered animals stands at 56 million as Denmark and the Netherlands use the services of German slaughter-houses.

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