November 23, 2021

 

EU member states call for measures to support swine industry

 

  

Lithuania and 13 other EU member states have recently asked the European Commission to implement urgent support measures for the bloc's swine industry.

 

The pigmeat sector is currently facing a serious situation due to oversupply on the EU market, which is responsible for driving prices further down amid high feed costs.

 

During the meeting of the Council of Ministers of Agriculture in October, several EU delegations drew attention to the ongoing crisis in the pigmeat sector.

 

The situation has worsen, according to a presentation made by the Lithuanian representative during the meeting. A number of negative factors, such as the oversaturation of the EU internal market due to higher production and related export disruptions, high feed and energy prices, more outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF), and the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, continue to have a combined negative effect on the industry.

 

In Lithuania, prices of pig carcasses are at the lowest level in 10 years and there is a serious risk of the abandonment of pig production, which would be devastating for the country's economy.

 

Faced with this situation, Lithuania, supported by the delegations of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia, asked the European Commission to respond urgently to the situation and give a clear signal of support by introducing support measures.

 

- Consilium (European Union)