During the past week, a reunion took place between the representatives of the swine sector: producers and processors (abattoirs, butchering rooms and sausages producers), compound feed producers, wholesalers and trade unions with the Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, and Guillaume Garot, also from the Ministry of Agriculture.
The participants agreed on the urgent need to define a common strategy for the future of the swine industry, that faces a difficult situation. During the meeting, four work groups for the four strategic subjects were presented:
- Maintain the production amount and improve the environmental impact: the two Ministers reminded the mobilization of the government for the modernization of the farms, that amounts 40 million euros in 2012. In 2012 it is expected that the aids for the modernization carry on. The Ministers also received with satisfaction the cereals sector organizations for the creation of the Cereals/Farmers Modernization Fund.
- Face together the excessive capacity of the abattoirs-butchering rooms sector.
- Strengthen the processing sector.
- Reinforce the market strategies. Recover the French and European markets and the development of the exportation to third countries.
Alain Berger, Interministerial Delegate for the agriculture sector businesses and the agriculture sector industry will boost these efforts for the achievement of a national plan for the swine meat that will be presented by the end of January 2013.
Tuesday October 30, 2012/ Ministère de l'agriculture, de l'agroalimentaire et de la fôret/ France.