Pork producers are asking for additional subsidies

Pork producers in Serbia have asked the Ministry of Agriculture for additional subsidies per head of 2,000 dinars, said the president of the Association of Cattle Breeders of Srem and Macva, Zoran Eric

He said that now the subsidies per head are 1,000 dinars, and that additional subsidies should be limited to 1,000 pieces per owner.

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According to him, the prices of pork have fallen due to the pandemic and uncontrolled imports, and food has become more expensive, so the losses are more than 20% in relation to the money invested.

– Pork has been cheaper since June last year and buyers are now offering 110 dinars per kilogram of live weight, and before the rise in prices of corn, wheat and other animal feed, the price was from 160 to 170 dinars per kilogram and brought barely any minimum income – said Eric .

He added that he must not even count the losses after the increase in the price of food.

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He said that together with the Association of Agricultural Producers of Serbia (SPAS), whose headquarters are in Kraljevo, they asked the relevant ministry to introduce levies on the import of fresh meat and meat products and to import frozen meat in order to protect domestic pig production. and meat products limited by quotas.

Among the demands are to strengthen the control of the health safety of imported meat at the border and to reduce the value added tax (VAT) on animal feed to ten percent.

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Livestock breeders also proposed the introduction of an ombudsman for the protection of producers and that the purchase of meat be done on the slaughter line, where the meatiness of the animals would be measured and the purchase price determined accordingly.

Eric also said that they asked for the introduction of an information system in order to monitor the production of pigs, because the export of pork to the EU should be allowed in about a year.

The president of SPAS, Zoran Miliićević, said that a kilogram of live weight pork costs 180 dinars, and after the increase in the price of cereals and oilseeds, it should cost 280 dinars.

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– Fattening pigs should cost from 160 to 170 dinars per kilogram, for a weight of up to 110 kilograms, because at that price, further fattening would bring an increasing loss – said Milićević.

He added that pig producers are also asking not to import frozen meat older than six months.

Source: Agro News


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