According to Oliver Frendo from the Malta Pig Co-operative, the present pig situation in Malta is not so rosy.
Speaking on TVAM, Frendo stated that the local pork sector sales have dropped by more than 10%.
Frendo explained that whilst between 2,200 and 2,400 pigs used to be slaughtered every week in 2003 and 2004, last year only 850 pigs per week were being slaughtered. Frendo added that the local pork product today amounts to only one third of what one finds on the local market.
Frendo insisted that the fresh meat offered by the local product cannot be offered by the imported foreign product. Frendo stated that there are only some 100 pig farms in Malta, and added that every slaughtered pig leaving the abattoir will have been subjected to tests. Frendo further stated that as the local sector is small, it can be controlled more easily than the foreign product. In fact, Frendo said, annual inspections are carried out on farms in Malta, whereas annual inspections are not possible in other countries where there are many more pig farms.
Oliver Frendo appealed to Maltese consumers to choose the Maltese product when purchasing pork and other meat.
See the full TVAM interview on TVMi. TVAM is broadcast Monday to Friday at 7.00 a.m.