Opposition claims that cheap imports forcing pig farmers out of business

February 20, 2017
Some of the remaining pigs on Craig Blake's farm.

The parliamentary opposition has alleged that local pig farmers are being driven out the market because of a decision by the Government to allow cheap imports into the country.

According to Dr Dayton Campbell, the opposition spokesman on agriculture, the granting of imports licences for agricultural produce has led to a glut in the market.

“Local processors of ham are said to still have large stockpiles of the product as increased production done in anticipation of a huge Christmas demand remain unsold in cold storage. As a result, the processors have reduced their purchase of pork from pig farmers, who are facing severe financial hardships as a result,” Dr Campbell said in a media release.