By Peter Crichton
THE British Pig Executive has submitted a “Six Point Plan” for the industrys survival to Sir Don Curry, chairman of the Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food.
Main features include improving levels of consumer confidence through accurate and identifiable labelling of all UK pork and pork products which are produced to an agreed minimum national standard.
Better disease limitation, including more effective border controls to cut the risk of contaminated meat imports, and improved traceability and marketing systems for UK pigs and pigmeat are also on the agenda.
The BPEX has also called for greater development of farm assurance schemes, which should be linked to research and development to maintain national competiveness.
The executive has warned that these steps are needed to reverse the decline in British pig production.
- Peter Crichton is a Suffolk-based pig farmer offering independent valuation and consultancy services to the UK pig industry