Minister of Agriculture Helir-Valdor Seeder has asked the EU commissioner of agriculture and rural development, Dacian Ciolos, for financial aid for Estonian pig farmers who have suffered from Russia's ban on imports of live pigs.
“If the price of grain does not begin to decline, the Estonian pig farming industry will need special measures to survive,” Seeder said in a press release today.
Seeder said the current model of support per hectare of grain does not go far enough as 72 percent of Estonian pig farms do not have animal feed production facilities, and feed must be purchased at world market prices.
Before the ban, which was established in March 2012, exports to Russia made up 34 percent of total income for pig farmers in Estonia.
In 2011, the Baltic states were responsible for 89 percent of the live pig export from the EU.