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Germany needs new pig farming strategy

Christian Fernsby |
Germany needs to develop a new strategy for the pig farming industry to help farmers who are facing ruinously low prices, German agriculture minister Julia Kloeckner.

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“The economic situation of farms is dramatic,” Kloeckner said. “We have extremely low prices for pigs and piglets which you cannot make a living from.”

Germany currently has about 260,000 tonnes of unsold pork, she said.

German pig prices are around 1.25 euros a kilo, said German farming association VEZG, down from 1.42 euros in July and 1.47 euros before the first case of ASF was discovered in Germany in September 2020.

But Kloeckner rejected calls from farm associations to make payments to farmers to withdraw from pig production as she said lost output could be replaced with imports.

Kloeckner was speaking after a round table meeting involving farmers, meat processors and retailers to discuss pig prices.

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