Belgian pork production and exports continue to decrease

Source:, 7 September 2020, photo credit: Expatica

According to data published by the VDF, during the first five months of this year, pig slaughter reached 4.54 million animals, a decrease of 2.6% (-116,000 pigs) compared to the same period last year. In terms of pork volume, the decrease was 1.5% (-437,300 t).

In the period from January to April 2020, Belgian exports fell by almost 30% compared to the same period in the previous year to around 162,000 t. Sales within the EU, which account for the grand majority of exports (94%), fell by 29% to 152,176 t. Germany remained the main target market for Belgian suppliers, but their purchases fell by 31% year-on-year to only 51,500 t.

July 17, 2020/ VDF/ Germany.

The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) coordinates industry interventions and collaboratively manages risks in the value chain to enable the sustainability and profitability of pork producers in South Africa.