“We are pleased with the initiative announced by Commissioner Hogan to activate private storage of pork, since prices have progressively fallen in recent months because of the effects of the Russian embargo. Even during Italy's EU Presidency, alongside other member states, we repeatedly called on the Commission to consider activating this possibility. So today's vote on the draft measure at the Management Committee to give new life to a sector experiencing particularly difficult times is excellent. For Italy, pig breeding has a strategic value with 26 thousand production centres, that include more than 4,500 suppliers of meat for PDO products. The primary stage in agricultural production is worth around 2.5 billion euros, while delicatessen products are worth more than 7 billion euros, with a total value for retail sales of over 18 billion euros. In 2013, exports came to more than 1.18 billion euros, with the Russian market worth about 55 million euros. Storage in this context is an important first step, which should be followed by other action to protect breeders”.
So said the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies, Maurizio Martina, when asked to comment on the Management Committee vote in Brussels on the draft regulations for private storage of pork and hams. The measure envisages storage for a period of 90, 120 and 150 days.
Source: Ministry for agriculture, food and forestry policies Press Office