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Pig farmers await government measures to access corn stocks

The president of the Brazilian Association of Pig Farmers (ABCS), Marcelo Lopes, has met with officials from the Ministry of Finance to discuss the distribution of government corn stocks. The ABCS wants all farmers included, not just family farms, in the counter sale program, releasing 27 bags per farmer in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, at R$ 21/ bag.

The ABCS also wants São Paulo included in the special sales by which the government subsidizes freight to the consuming regions. It should be remembered that this system for the South is being reviewed by the federal government.

According to Lopes, there is a risk that when the measures come into practices they will no longer be necessary because the winter corn harvest will be on the market and many farmers have already left the business. He says the situation is most critical in Rio Grande do Sul, where farmers are now losing R$ 1 per kilo per animal. He foresees a reduction in the supply of pork next year, because farmers are not renewing 40% of the herd, as would be recommended.

Information provided by Agencia Estado

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