NFU Scotland representatives will join five hundred pig producers
at a rally in London today (March 4) to protest about the low returns
they are receiving and draw MPs’ attention to the real danger
of losing British pork forever if prices do not improve.
Feed prices have doubled in recent months and pig farmers
face an average loss of £26* on every pig they produce.
NFUS Vice-President, Nigel Miller and Pigs Committee Chairman,
Robin Traquair will lead the Scottish contingent as they
join producers from across the United Kingdom to present
a petition at No. 10, Downing Street.
NFU Scotland’s Pigs Committee Chairman, Robin Traquair
“We are calling on MPs to recognise the precarious
situation which Britain’s pigs producers are facing
through no fault of their own. Government must understand
that we cannot have it both ways: producing highest quality
pork domestically and then undercutting it with imports
produced to lower animal welfare and food safety standards.
“The solutions to the problem are simple; retailers
should increase the price paid to farmers, and consumers
can play their part too by checking the label and making
sure they buy British pork.
“Retailers have said they are sympathetic to our
plight, but this has not been translated into higher prices.
In the meantime, they appear to be waiting for pork to
become scarce to force the price up without realising that
by the time this happens, it will be too late for most
- The demonstration has been organised
by the National Pig Association: *for more information
- The rally will begin at 12.30
when the petition is submitted to No. 10, Downing Street
and continue until 4pm.
- NFU President, Peter Kendall,
NFU Vice-President Meurig Raymond and UFU President Kenneth
Sharkey are attending the demonstration as well.
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