By: Yang Shu-min and William Yen
The NT$10 billion pledged by the government to subsidize domestic pig farmers should be used exclusively to buy live pigs when the price falls below breeding costs, Lin Cheng-te (林承德), a managing supervisor of the R.O.C. Swine Association, said at a forum to discuss the issue.
He expressed worry that when the new government policy takes effect in January next year, consumers will stop buying pork of any kind to avoid eating meat that contains ractopamine.
While the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture (COA) has said it will ensure that live pig prices remain above NT$65 (US$2.22) per kilogram, as the cost of pig feed tends to fluctuate, which affects farmers' profit margins, Lin said. [FULL STORY]