More than 10,000 people have registered their support for Britain's
pig farmers by signing the on-line petition at www.pigsareworthit.com,
calling for fair prices for farmers.
The British Pig Executive (BPEX) has calculated pig farmers
are losing, on average, as much as £26 for every
pig sold, the industry is asking for a modest rise in retail
prices for pork products carrying the Quality Standard
Mark and for those prices rises to be passed down the chain
to the producer.
The 'Pigs Are Worth It' campaign petition
of over 10,000 names will be presented to Downing Street
on Tuesday , March 4, when pig farmers from across the
country will be out in force for a rally in Whitehall to
call for fairer prices for the industry's producers.
by the National Pig Association (NPA), the demonstration
will take place opposite Downing Street to lobby the country's
policy makers and raise awareness of the deepening crisis
in the pig industry resulting from soaring feed prices
which have driven it to the brink of collapse.
Stewart Houston, said: "The fact that
we now have over 10,000 signatures on the petition is excellent
news. It just goes to show that there is a whole lot of
support out there from people who really do care about
the plight of Britain's pig farmers.
already shown an overwhelming 78% of consumers are prepared
to pay more for pork to cover the rising production costs
and support pig farmers. But although we are beginning
to see increased prices on a range of pork and pork products,
very little of that has found its way down the supply chain
to the producer."
Awareness of the plight of the industry was helped when
a group of around 30 farmers pig farmers came together
to record a single to raise awareness of their fight for
fairer prices for their pigs.
The recording of Stand by
your Ham, based on the Tammy Wynette classic Stand by your
Man has generated widespread television, radio and newspaper
coverage with the story even reaching as far afield as
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