Pig farmers from all over the country are taking action on Tuesday in protest at the low prices currently being paid for pork.
The national pig farmers association NVV has urged farmers to refuse to deliver any pig to abbatoirs and to stop others from doing so by setting up temporary blockades.
The farmers say the cost of transporting animals to abbatoirs has gone up 22% over the past year while prices have been driven down by lack of demand following the German dioxin crisis.
In addition, the traditional supply and demand laws of setting prices have been distorted by the ‘market clout’ of a few big players, the organisation said. ‘Everyone gets their costs covered and earns a margin except pig farmers.’
They hope to pressure meat processors and supermarkets to increase their prices.
The association did not say what price producers are currently being paid for pork. Supermarket group Dirk is currently advertising 1kg of pork chops for €5.
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