'Act now on threat to farms'
PUBLISHED: 17:25 10 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:19 28 March 2014
JANUARY 2008: The rising cost of animal feed due to poor global harvests and growing
competition from bio-fuels means that many farmers are being forced to
sell their livestock at a loss, it is claimed.
division of Sussex Enterprise, believes that we must act now in order
to prevent our local farmers from going out of business.
farming have produced the Sussex landscape that we all know and love,”
said Hilary Knight, co-ordinator of A Taste of Sussex. “The
contribution of agriculture to the local economy may have decreased
over time but nevertheless, farmers still play a significant role in
maintaining the security of our food supplies, to the countryside, the
environment and the fabric of rural life."
Like many parts of the UK, the number of livestock bred in Sussex has
been on a gentle, but steady, decline for at least the past three
years. The industry has suffered several bad years in succession and
looks unlikely to recover unless increased costs are passed on to the
consumer. Whilst there are many things that can be done to increase
efficiency, nothing can be done to reduce feed costs.
BPEX (the British Pig Executive) has recently launched a very high
profile media campaign to highlight the fact that the increase required
by Pig farmers to stay in business in between 7p and 17p more per pack
of bacon, pork, sausages and ham.
The problem facing the lamb and beef
industries are similar. According to a recent You Gov survey, the
British public are in general support for the price rises; 78% would be
happy to pay more, while 67% prefer home grown meat over imports.