Over 50 plans to build enormous intensive pig farms have been logged by environmental organisation Milieudefensie since it appealed for information last week, the Volkskrant reports on Tuesday.
The paper says the planned farms will have between 6,000 and 25,000 animals. Factory farms now have an average of 1,000 pigs. Most new plans have been drawn up by farmers in Overijssel.
The paper says increasing the size of factory farms is the only way Dutch farmers can compete with the rest of the world because consumers are unwilling to pay more for pork.
This week, farmers were being paid €1.32 per kilo of pork, well below the cost price of €1.56, the paper says.
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