14 May 1999

Bigger pig group

THE British Pig Association (BPA) is likely to be disbanded as part of a proposal to create a more powerful lobby group for pig farmers.

The plan is to replace both the BPA and the pig committee of the NFU with a new body called the National Pig Association.

Graham England, chairman of the NFU pig committee, and John Godfrey, BPA chairman, confirmed on Wednesday that they were prepared to stand down.

But the proposal must first be approved by members of both organisations before the new association can be created.

The plans will be discussed at NFU Council on June 16 and at an extraordinary general meeting of the BPA on June 26.

Grass-roots pig producers, who have until now been frustrated in their attempts to increase their political clout, have already backed the proposals.

Throw weight

Stewart Houston, chairman of the British Pig Industry Support Group, said his members would "throw their weight" behind the new body.

Members of the new association, which would be based in London, would be granted automatic membership of the NFU.