German pig farmers lose 1.5 billion euros as industry takes double hit from Covid-19 & swine fever

Germany’s pig farmers

Germany’s pig farmers are sounding the alarm over a lack of government aid, saying that the very “existence” of the industry depends on it, after the coronavirus crisis and cases of swine fever slashed pork sales.

Measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak alone have cost the industry some 1.3 billion euros ($1.5 billion), according to figures from the national pig farmers association (ISN), based on market prices. The group said that German farmers lost about 60 euros ($71) per animal since March.

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