Pig Producers to Question Canada on Pork Subsidies

Pig Producers to Question Canada on Pork Subsidies

Pig producers in Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. have warned Canada that its pork subsidization program will be challenged in this round of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, which are taking place in Auckland, New Zealand, from Dec. 3 to Dec. 12, according to an online report from Global Meat News, National Hog Farmer reported.

Pork producers from the three countries opposed Canada’s entry into the TPP in June based on the country’s heavy use of subsidies for its domestic pork industry, said Andrew Spencer, Australian Pork Limited CEO.

By benefiting from government subsidy programs, Canada pork producers do not compete on a level playing field with producers who operate in subsidy-free environments, which opposes the goals of the TPP group, Spencer said.