French pig men enjoy hand-outs
By FWi staff
FRENCH pig producers are set to receive a further FFr150 million (£16m) in national aid as the Paris Government responds to increasingly militant protests occurring in Brittany over low prices.
This support will be on top of the FFr100m (£11m) allocated as grants and loans at the end of September under the so-called Stabiporc initiative, to counteract the depressed market.
The September package is expected to be contested by the European Commission if it breaches regulations restricting the amount of aid EU member states can pay to farmers.
Market managers in Brussels were also examining a range of EU measures to help the beleaguered pig sector.
The measures under consideration include a voluntary outgoers scheme, an insemination ban, a slaughter scheme and the introduction of a maximum slaughter weight.