Taiwan: COA Relief Efforts for Pork Industry

The following is a translation of a news item published by Fishery Radio Station (渔业广播电台, FRS), in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on March 17, 2020. Links within blockquotes added during translation. FSR operates a medium transmitter in Baisha, Penghu main island (the Penghu Islands are also known as Pescadores Islands). FSR reportedly also retransmits programs from Radio Taiwan International‘s (RTI) Indonesian service.  As of 2019, 22,000 Indonesians reportedly worked on Taiwanese fishing boats, often under violations of their rights as employees.

Main link: In response to pneumonia situation, Council of Agriculture will help pork producers with financial relief (因應肺炎疫情,農委會多管齊下助養豬業紓困)

Affected by the Wuhan pneumonia virus, demand for pork in the market has recently fallen, and pork prices have been sliding. The Council of Agriculture pointed out on a press conference on the topic of providing financial relief in the epidemic situation that the weekly supply quantity on the live pig market was 143,000 heads, an increase of 11,000 heads compared with the same seasons of the past five years, and an auction price of 5,886 Yuan [New Taiwan dollars], a decline of 14.5 percent compared with the same season of the past five years. The Council of Agriculture said that in connection with the factors of live pig prices’ drops, it is speculated that besides the rise in production of live pigs compared with the same season last year, the epidemic situation has created a situation where the populace ate out less frequently, making pork prices drop. Toward this, the Council of Agriculture suggested more financial relief measures, hoping pig farmers to get through the difficulties. Deputy commissioner Chen Junne-jih said that in the current situation of overproduction, the elimination of low-reproducing sows will speed up, and then spur the entire structural industrial adjustment. The Council of Agriculture will also subsidize livestock farmers with low-interest loans, and encourage industrial organizations to promote the sales of home-made pork. The Council of Agriculture will also follow the example of short-term sales of leafed vegetables in the domestic market, popularize the use of home-grown pork in rural schools’ lunches, and increase unscheduled supplies of home-grown pork to the army, starting on March 16. Deputy commissioner Chen also pointed out that currently, the Council of Agriculture was also coordinating a reduction in pigs supplies by Taiwan Sugar Corporation, and a stop in supplies to the meat market*), to let prices rise again. He also hoped for the current epidemic situation crisis to take a turn for the better, so that the industrial structure would be able to consolidate and to rise again. (Chin Ching)

受武漢肺炎疫情影響,近期市場豬肉需求量下降、豬價下滑。農委會在13日的肺炎紓困疫情記者會上指出,目前毛豬市場每周供應量14.3萬頭,較近5年同期增加1.1萬頭;拍賣價格5,886元,較近5年同期下跌14.5%。農委會表示,針對毛豬價格下滑的因素,目前推測除了因為毛豬較去年同期增養外,也可能是受疫情影響造成民眾外食減少、豬肉需求下降。對此,農委會也提出多項紓困措施,期盼幫助豬農度過難關。副主委陳駿季表示,針對目前超養的現況,會加速低產種母豬淘汰,進而帶動整體產業結構調整。農委會也會補助畜牧業者低利貸款,並獎勵產業團體辦理推廣國產豬肉促銷活動。另外,農委會也會比照短期葉菜類內銷方式,推廣偏鄉學校營養午餐使用國產豬肉,並自16日起不定期對國軍增加供應國產豬肉。陳副主委指出,目前農委會也協調台糖公司做豬隻減供,自16日起至3月底停供肉品市場,讓價格能逐漸回升。他也期許這次疫情能化危機為轉機,讓產業結構能調整並再升級。(秦晴)

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Note

*) Can’t tell if this applies only to Taiwan Sugar Corporation or to the entire industry.

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Related

Penghu mass media, Wiki, acc March 18

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