Running until 7 October 2022, the review seeks views on issues such as transparency, price reporting, clarity of contractual terms and conditions and market consolidation.
All stakeholders involved in the pig supply chain are invited to share their thoughts and opinions, including pig farmers, abattoirs, processors, retailers and marketing groups.
Support for the sector
Commenting on the launch, farming minister Victoria Prentis said: “Recent months have been very difficult for pig farmers due to a range of pressures including rising costs and global labour shortages. We have engaged closely with the sector to support them in considerably reducing the backlog of pigs on farms and I continue to work with producers and retailers to support the sector.
“I am a firm believer in ‘Buy British’ and supporting our domestic pig producers, and a fair and transparent supply chain is paramount. I hope the industry engages fully with this consultation so that we can help to address the challenges that they are facing.”
The consultation followed recent challenges experienced by the sector due to global pressures including rising costs and labour shortages, which have raised questions about the functioning of the supply chain.
Scottish Government secretary for rural affairs and islands Mairi Gougeon said: “The Covid-19 pandemic and the continued lack of available skilled labour have had a disproportionate impact on the pig sector.
“It is imperative that we understand the current supply arrangements within the sector and explore the nature of the relationships between the various parties in the supply chain.”
Once responses have been analysed, a summary of responses will be published to outline findings and propose any actions. A link to the Government’s review of Contractual Practice in the UK Pig Sector can be found here.
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