Pig farmers: Pork imports hurting us

Chief executive officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society, James Paul (second left), flanked by president of the Barbados Association of Pig Farmers, Woodville Alleyne-Jones (left), and farmer John Marshall. At right is pig farmer David Barrow.

Barbadian pig farmers are calling on Government to address the issue of high pork importation which they say is hurting their businesses.

Nine pig producers joined chief executive officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society, James Paul, yesterday in the call, complaining the market was being flooded with pork from places such as the United States and Germany, resulting in a severe slump in their sales and threatening their survival.

In a media conference at the headquarters of the Barbados Agricultural Society, the farmers reported a severe drop in the number of pig carcasses they were selling as a result of the imports, with the figure falling from 40 per week, to eight per week in one case, while in another case, the decrease was from 100 per week, to between 60 and 25.

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