IFA: Pig producers deserve a rise

THE owners of the pigmeat business formerly owned by Glanbia must return a price increase to pig producers immediately, according to the Irish Farmers Association.

IFA Pigs and Pigmeat Committee chairman Michael Maguire said markets in Denmark, Germany and Spain have seen price increases ranging from 6.5% to 14% in the last fortnight.

“It is incredible Irish producers have not seen any increase. Rosderra [the new owners of Glanbia Meats] must seize the opportunity to inject some confidence back into the flagging pig industry at this time of crisis,” he said.

Mr Maguire said the IFA’s campaign to reclaim the home market is proving successful. Bord Bia’s advertising is raising awareness of the Quality Assurance logo and sales of Irish-produced pigmeat have increased.

“Every day that goes by without an increase is adding to the severe difficulties that pig producers are facing,” he said. Mr Maguire added pig producers have stood by the processor throughout the difficulties of the last year and are now being punished by having to watch their competitors across Europe receive price rises.

Meanwhile, Jim Hanley of Rosderra Meats said: “Recognising the challenges in the business, we are confident that with a committed workforce combined with focused management, existing and new customers as well as our loyal suppliers, we can grow the business.”

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