17 December 1999
No help for Scots pig farmers
SCOTTISH rural affairs minister Ross Finnie has not been able to come up with any help for the pig industry.
The National Farmers Union of Scotland vice-president Peter Chapman, supported by the Meat and Livestock Commission, had lobbied the minister for assistance.
But Mr Chapman was despondent to hear that Mr Finnie would not be able to squeeze any more money out of the European Union.
He said the pig industry would not survive in its present form unless there was direct government aid into the sector.
The Meat and Livestock Commission estimates that pigmeat prices now average 85p/kg – 10p short of break-even.