By FWi staff

THE British Pig Industry Support Group has rejected the Governments five yearly review of the Meat and Livestock Commission published last week.

In a statement made today (Wednesday) the BPISG said that the review comes no where near to providing the radical change so desperately needed to halt the decline of the UK pig industry.

The BPISG understands why MAFF are seeking to steer the industry towards Strategy Council autonomy rather than scrapping the MLCs pigmeat role and building a new single-species body.

But the group will now be making a submission to MAFF and are urging individual members to do likewise.

Any form of meaningful Pig Strategy Council autonomy will remain a naïve dream unless there can be a major change of culture within the MLC, said BPISG chairman Stuart Houston.

“Our message is that the government report may well be a genuine attempt to meet our needs, but they have failed to understand the very real difficulties involved when dealing with the MLC.

“We will continue our campaign for a genuine single species structure whether this structure be within the MLC or entirely independent of the MLC can be a matter of debate,” he added.