Measures must be taken to save the pork industry
The continuity of the pig industry depends on the way the market goes, as much as for meat as for inputs. Factors such as low prices being paid and the high cost of inputs cause frequent crises that impact outlook for pig farming. "The price of pork may not be that low, but what compromise it is that the high cost of inputs," says the president of Coopercentral Aurora, Mário Lanznaster.
There are fluctuations that need to be controlled, or at least have a pricing policy in place or similar actions that can help farmers. This is a responsibility that pig farmers alone cannot shoulder. "This is not the farmer’s problem, but Santa Catarina state’s. We have to face up to these difficulties and find urgent solutions. Today, transport is entirely by road, and Brazil needs to rethink this strategy because inputs come from far away and there are a lot of added costs. Even so, we have managed to be competitive, but it is not enough," says a researcher, Jonas dos Santos Filho.
Information provided by the Santa Catarina Pig Farmers Association