They are proposing the following short-term, mid-term and long-term measures to maintain and develop the EU pork sector’ position as a world leader:
1. Short term / Key focus on reduction of production cost and effective market manegment measures
There are basically three categories of feed materials rich in protein:
. Grain legumes (so called protein crops): peas, beans, lupins, soya (being also an oilseed)
. Co-products from the processing of oilseeds and grains: soybean meal, rapeseed meal, o
I . Short-term actions to overcome the present market crisis:
- Strengthen effective market management tools and put measures in place to reduce excessive price volatility for the pig sector both for feed and meat and meat products.
- Implement an EU wide protein plan to ensure adequate supplies of protein-rich feed to pig farmers at competitive prices, including
- incentives to increase vegetable protein production in the EU,
- the adoption of a GM “technical solution”
- the lifting of the feed ban for processed animal proteins in pig feed
- Don’t hamper competitiveness by imposing restrictive measures that EU cannot impose on third countries.
- Grant pork “sensitive product” status in any ongoing or upcoming EU trade negotiation.
- Ensure a level-playing field with third-country competitors.
- Increase efforts to capture and increase market share for EU pork exports in growth markets, particular in South-East Asia.
- Foster product innovation and modernisation in the pork production value chain
- Focus on private and public R&D programmes seeking to improve the knowledge base and to develop & adapt new technologies and their dissemination in the EU pig sector