Select Committee on Agriculture Minutes of Evidence


APPENDIX 7

Memorandum submitted by the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester (M 9)

  Thank you for allowing the Royal Agricultural College to put in a submission about the pig industry.

  The timescale for the outgoers scheme makes the assistance almost irrelevant.

Table 1

Pigmeat Imports '000 tonnes
1997
2000
2001
384
460
490
30%
36%
39% of total consumption


Table 2

Pigmeat UK Consumption '000 tonnes
1997
2000
2001 (Forecast)
1,285
1,262
1,260


Table 3

Cost of production £/Kg deadweight
UK
1.08
Germany
1.02
Belgium
1.00
Netherlands
1.00
France
0.99
Denmark
0.88
Brazil
0.45


  The proposed pig outgoers scheme is help for an ailing industry but if the producers of this country are matching the market requirements why is it necessary to take out UK production when the country is not self sufficient in pig products?

  3.  Imports are going up (Table 1). Consumption is static (Table 2).

  The cost of production in the UK is higher than in other European countries partly due to UK government legislation (Table 3).

  The quality production cannot secure a premium because labelling is difficult particularly in the catering sector.

  It is therefore extremely difficult to market differentiate the product.

  I hope these comments are of interest.

30 November 2000


 
previous page contents next page

House of Commons home page Parliament home page House of Lords home page search page enquiries index

© Parliamentary copyright 2001
Prepared 2 February 2001