With the British pig industry facing a crisis from rocketing
feed prices, the British Pig Executive (BPEX) has launched
a major campaign to improve returns to producers.
Part of this is a proposal for a temporary suspension
of the pig levy, which is now out to consultation with
The proposal is for a three-month suspension
which would cost BPEX about £2 million. This shortfall
would be met from reserves.
On top of that, BPEX is investing £1m
of new money and the same again redeployed - in a campaign
to get retailer prices up and to see that rise passed down
the chain to the producer.
Only a modest rise would be needed
on retail packs to achieve the increase needed to help
A report outlining
the effects of a doubling of feed prices has been published
by BPEX and a survey has determined consumers are willing
to pay a higher price.
The plight of producers was highlighted
at all three main political party conferences. A briefing
has also been prepared and distributed to food writers
explaining what has happened and what needs to be done.
BPEX Chief Executive Mick Sloyan
said: "The levy of £1.05
is not a huge amount when compared with the amount pig
farmers are losing - £20 per pig sold.
is part of a much bigger overall plan aimed at getting
producers a fair return which will in turn help create
a sustainable pig industry for the future."
The pig levy is divided into two sections, general and
promotion. The promotion levy of 65p per pig is paid by
the producer. The general levy of 40p is split equally
between the processor and the producer.
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