The latest data published by the Agricultural Statistics Service of France (Agreste) show that from January to November 2011 pork production declined by 0.9% compared to the same period in 2010.
During the first eleven months of 2011 exports of live animals also decreased by 26.5%, with major reductions in the number of animals sent to Belgium and Luxembourg (140,000 animals less). At the same time, imports have also been reduced, by 12%.
In relation to pork exports, they have increased by an accumulated 3.2% in the first eleven months of 2011. This increase was driven by strong demand from third countries, including countries in North Asia. By contrast, imports have seen a decline of 2.2%.
Regarding the consumption of pork, it has decreased by 2.1% compared to the first eleven months of 2010.
January 2012/ Agreste/ France.