Mar 10, 2008

Australian pork industry set to go belly up?

A surge in imports is undermining the local pork industry, writes Khalil Hegarty, senior consultant at ITS Global.

In the middle of Lent, Catholics are abstaining from pork the same time Australian pork farmers considering throwing in the towel. Australian industry should be taking notice – the future of pig farming hinges upon a decision that will determine how Australian governments deal with import surges.

The pork industry is in crisis – and it’s not the drought. Pork imports increased by 48% last year. They have been increasing at roughly 23% annually since 2002. Operators have downsized piggeries. Staff have been laid off. The industry could collapse within 12 months.

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One thought on “Australian pork industry set to go belly up?

  1. jarryd nelson

    that is redicules u would think that any imported pork is taking away from australian farmers & processers.
    if the market is sitting at 100% and we import 20% that leaves 80% if we import 0% that leaves us to process 100%
    the only way to keep it at the same level would be to create or increse a new market
    whoever the fool was that said importing would not efect the industry is clearly not an intelegent person in saying this i am awere that i cant spell for shit so dont hold it against me

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