As reported by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture in its external newsletter, data published in May by the National Statistical Office of Poland shows the number of heads of pigs has undergone a 12% reduction in the last year, which puts the census at 11.5 million head, the lowest in the last 60 years.
The reduction particularly affects the number of young animals, which has influenced the evolution of prices so far this year, with a considerable rise in the price of live animals. From 2008-2009, in which the census decreased to 13.3 million heads, the situation in Poland was quite different.
According to farmers, the reduction in the herd is associated with increased production costs and the financial difficulties small farmers are experiencing. Given the reduced herd size, producers estimate that only 75% of domestic demand may be met by domestic production this year.
Industry representatives have sent a formal request to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for the creation of a reconstruction program for the pig population in Poland, through the provision of subsidized interest loans.
Thursday June 7, 2012/ MAGRAMA-Noticias del Exterior/ Spain.