New support measures for EU pig sector
At Monday’s EU Agriculture Council meeting, ministers discussed the current difficulties faced in several agricultural sectors, including the pig meat sector.
Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan announced a package of measures to support the sectors involved, some having immediate effect while others will take longer to implement.
Among the proposals relevant to the pig sector were:
Consideration of the introduction of a new Private Storage Aid scheme for pig meat, although the details and timing would need to be confirmed
Establishment of a Meat Market Observatory, covering beef and pig meat, along the lines of the successful Milk Market Observatory, to monitor and share information on market trends
Additional funding for promotion of pig meat products in the EU and on third country markets
Continuing efforts to lift the phytosanitary Russian ban and address other phytosanitary measures limiting access to other export markets
Consideration of temporary acceptance of state aid that would allow Member States to provide support to a maximum of €15,000 per farmer per year, with no national ceiling
Details of the full package of measures can be found by clicking here.
Stephen Howarth, Market Specialist Manager
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