Price of pig meat in free fall in Romania

The price farmers in Romania are paid for pig meat has fallen by 25% in the last four months as a result of the embargo imposed by Russia. The accumulated losses arising from production costs have continued to rise, and pig farms are having to sell at a loss.

Many farmers have taken out loans, and if this situation continues in the coming months will have to declare themselves insolvent.

Romania has no direct agreements with Russia on the export of pig meat, but the restrictions imposed by Russia on imports of food products from the EU are nonetheless affecting Romanian farmers.

In September 2014, the surplus pig meat in storage was approaching the 400 000 tonne mark, and the Commission therefore introduced a private storage measure. 130 000 tonnes more pig meat were delivered in Romania in the first part of 2014 than in the same period in 2013.

1. Does the Commission plan to take stop-gap measures to help pig farmers overcome the current crisis?

2. What measures need to be taken to absorb production surpluses in a uniform manner across all the Member States?