The Chair of the Canadian Pork Council, Jurgen Preugschas, and board member Stephen Moffett, appealed to the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri- Food last week for government intervention in support of the country’s pork industry.

Preugschas expressed concern that the competitiveness of the hog sector has been severely impacted by the various shocks that have hit it over the past three years. “While we remain optimistic about the long term potential for the Canadian hog sector, it is increasingly difficult to be prepared for and manage the impacts that continue to face the industry.”

Stephen Moffett added that high feed costs, a strong Canadian dollar, low hog prices, the economic crisis reducing access to credit and Country of Origin Labeling “have all conspired to dramatically harm pork producers. And now we’ve been slammed with the negative consumer perceptions around H1N1 Influenza.”

Without cash support for Canadian pork producers, Moffett predicted a large percentage of the producers would be forced to leave the industry. Moffett added that if something isn’t done very quickly up to half of the Canadian pork industry could be lost.

“The recovery of the hog sector will depend on how well the industry and the government react to this extraordinary situation,” said Jurgen. “Producers have been responsibly adjusting to market signals as best as they can and now governments need to act.”

The Canadian Pork Council is a member-driven, not for profit national producer association committed to Canadian competitiveness in the global market. It is the collective voice of Canada’s hog producers.

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Source: CPC,