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Czech pig breeders want direct subsidies, plan rally

by 5m Editor
13 November 2007, at 9:48am

CZECH REPUBLIC - Czech pig breeders want direct subsidies worth Kc2.5 per kilo of live weight or about Kc1 billion in total from the Agriculture Ministry, Agricultural Chamber president Jan Veleba told journalists Monday but Minister Petr Gandalovic said the ministry would not provide any subsidies.

Pig breeders want subsidies to offset low purchasing prices and growing costs of breeding.

"Neighbouring countries have taken similar steps. If they are not introduced here, pig breeding will be reduced, self-sufficiency in meat production will decrease, imports will grow and so will prices," said.

Farmers plan a rally in front of the Agriculture Ministry for November 23.

Gandalovic said pig breeders should overcome the problems themselves. He said he would present his opinion at a meeting with farmers on Tuesday.

"There are no alternatives. Fodder is 40 percent more expensive than last year. Production costs per kilo of live weight reach Kc35, but the market price is about Kc29," said Jaroslav Hajda from the Czech Association of Pig Breeders.

Farmers demand a more active approach from the ministry, urging the cabinet to draw inspiration from neighbouring countries.

Losses in Czech pig breeding are estimated at Kc2 billion this year.

Source: PragueDailyMonitor

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