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Measures to tackle high pork prices unveiled

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

The Council of Agriculture yesterday announced new measures for restoring reasonable pork prices and said if the prices are not reached by Sunday, it would further limit the amount of pork purchased by frozen-meat companies.

Although the council was reported to have taken measures to try to reduce pork prices, wholesale pork prices in recent days have still remained higher than usual at about NT$80 per kilogram.

Yesterday, the council announced a series of enhanced measures, hoping to restore more reasonable prices within a week.

Starting from Tuesday next week, farmers will not be able to submit insurance claims for the death of pigs in transport if the pigs weigh more than 130kg and farmers will not be allowed to renew insurance policies, it said.

In addition, measures to prevent farmers from raising overweight pigs to get higher prices also include mobility control on overweight pigs found with excessive drug residues, as well as compulsory reinforced injection of overweight pigs found with insufficient antibodies.

Council of Agriculture Deputy Minister Wang Cheng-teng (王政騰) said the council has also asked the Pingtung County Government to investigate a frozen meat company which has allegedly been stockpiling up to 1,500kg of pork.

Wang said the council would also limit the amount of pork purchased by frozen-meat companies if wholesale prices have not dropped to more normal levels — about NT$75 per kilogram — by Sunday.

Moreover, about 50 supermarkets owned by agricultural and fishery associations across the nation are to discount pork prices by 20 percent starting from today, the council said.

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