Pig farmers still making a loss in Paraná despite price hike
Prices paid to pig farmers in the state of Paraná, the third-largest pig producing state in Brazil, are showing signs of improvement, but still do not cover production costs. According to a survey by the Department of Rural Economy (Deral), the average price in June was R$ 1.84 / kg, down 8.5% on May and 0.5% down on June 2011. However, from July 9 to 13 in Toledo, the largest producing region in Paraná, prices reached R$ 2.00. The production cost in Paraná is R$ 2.39 / kg.
According to Deral, as of July there is a natural tendency for pork consumption to rise, with the last quarter of the year accounting for most consumption. This is expected to be repeated this year.
Information provided by Agência Estado