The British Pig Executive (BPEX) vision to help create
a profitable and sustainable pig industry was outlined
by Chief Executive Mick Sloyan.
Speaking on the first day of the British Pig and Poultry
Fair at Stoneleigh, he said the recent decline in the pig
breeding herd was disappointing.
However, he said there were some very encouraging signs
that investment by producers was yielding improvements
in productivity and in consequence in profitability.
He highlighted some of the projects in which BPEX was
engaged to help the industry, including the British Pig
Health Scheme, the British Pig Project and the Stockman's
Eye video imaging system.
Details of the whole Road to Recovery 2006-9 can be found
on the BPEX website www.bpex.org.uk where there is a link
on the home page.
BPEX shares the view of forward thinkers that training
is a vital component for the future of the industry to
encourage and retain young people which is why it is backing
the industry initiative From Sustainability to Sustained
Achieving competitiveness is not just about getting costs
down, it is about reflecting the value of British production
in the market place.
Mick said: "BPEX is under no illusions about the
scale of the challenge facing the British pig industry.
"The latest BPEX report on imports into the UK and
the behaviour of supermarkets in particular, shows the
destructive impact of thoughtless price-based competition.
"It is clear from the research data that imported
pork sold under 'flags of convenience' branding is being
used increasingly to attract consumers. Such actions can
only be achieved by compromises on standards.
"If supermarkets and foodservice companies are serious
about corporate and social responsibility, they have to
treat their suppliers fairly.
"BPEX is committed to helping producers and processors
achieve a competitive position, particularly within Europe.
But it will not be possible without the commitment of customers
to trade on a fair and equitable basis."
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