German farmers gave up pig keeping as prices and demand for low prices are declining

German farmers gave up pig keeping as prices and demand for low prices are declining ...

HAMBURG, 22. Dec.

The meat market has suffered from severe damage this year, caused by the pig disease African swine fever (ASF), antipandemic lockdowns and a general tendency toward eating meat.

The agency said that the number of pigs on the German farm in November 2021 fell nine times over the year, bringing them to around 2.45 million animals.

Around 18 800 german farms were involved in pig production in November, up 7,8% over the year.

The office said the reason is because of the low demand from the retailers, and that the industry is producing more and more, among other things, the low price of pork.

China and other sellers banned German pork imports in September 2020 after the first case of ASF was confirmed in the wild boar in east Germany near the border with Poland. German pork sales in Europe remain.

The government must develop a strategy to help farmers so they can win their markets and protect farmers from losing their share in livestock market to other countries, said Torsten Staack, CEO of ISN.

"If we understand the difficult situation under German pig farmers, we must remember that the production has increased the same amount in one's neighboring countries, in such a case Spain, a time when that's happening,' he said.

Spain bought a large portion of Germanys pork exports to China.

German pig prices are stable this year, in fact around 1,23 euros per kilogram of slaughter weight, but dropped from 1,47 euros per kilogram by the first ASF case in September 2020.

The spread of ASF continues among wild animals. In the east German states, the wild boar has spread ASF, in the area of the border with Poland.

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