... Pork production is especially troubled because German pig farmers are facing rising feed and fuel costs even as prices for meat are continuing to stagnate, partly because meat producers and retailers can import cheap meat from abroad… The number of pig farms in Germany has dropped by 40% from 2011 to 2021…

 

 

German farmers hit by Ukraine war and pork crisis

The skyrocketing prices for fertilizer, animal feed, and fuel are causing pressure on Germany's farmers, with food prices continuing to rise. The government is offering help.

 

Ben Knight, Deutsche Welle

17.06.2022

 

Germany's farmers are under increasing pressure as a combination of war in Ukraine, fuel price hikes, and the climate emergency take hold.

 

Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir, visiting the annual farmers' conference, warned that prices were likely to rise further throughout the year. "Unfortunately, a lot is yet to come," the minister told Rheinische Post newspaper earlier this week. "We have to expect rises in autumn and winter because the business must supply itself with expensive energy now, and the price increases will be passed onto consumers."

 

There are numbers to back him up…

 

Fertilizer, fuel, and food ...

 

... Pork production is especially troubled because German pig farmers are facing rising feed and fuel costs even as prices for meat are continuing to stagnate, partly because meat producers and retailers can import cheap meat from abroad.

 

The pig farmers see it in dramatic terms. "The nerves are frayed — completely!" said Heinrich Dierkes, chairman of the Interest Group of Pig Farmers in Germany (ISN). "I've been working in pig husbandry for more than four decades, but I've never experienced such a scale of multiple crises."

 

The ISN counted off this concatenation of troubles: Swine flu outbreaks, the coronavirus, and now the rise in feed costs caused by the Ukraine war have all had an impact. The number of pig farms in Germany has dropped by 40% from 2011 to 2021, with 18,800 now remaining, and the ISN believes there is a real danger that the pork industry could be driven out of Germany altogether.

 

Cheap meat from abroad threatens German pig farmers ...

 

more, including links

https://www.dw.com/en/german-farmers-hit-by-ukraine-war-and-pork-crisis/a-62172734