THE NETHERLANDS, The Hague. In the Netherlands, too, apparently only a few farmers can warm to the idea of keeping pigs organically, which is why it only ekes out a niche existence in the neighbouring country.
In 2020, the number of organic pigs there was even significantly reduced compared to the previous year. According to current data from the Dutch Statistics Office, around 102,100 organic pigs were kept nationwide last year; that was 4,300 head or 4 per cent less than in 2019. This was the first decline since 2015. The production of organic pork decreased by 616 t or 6.3 per cent to 9,092 t.
The chairman of the Association of Organic Pig Farmers (VBV), Hans Donkers, explained the reduction in the number of pigs to the trade journal "Nieuwe Oogst" primarily with the restructuring programme for the pig sector, with which the Hague government subsidises farm closures for environmental reasons. Regardless of this, Donkers rates the prospects for marketing organic pork as "favourable". The number of consumers opting for organic quality at the meat counter has increased in the wake of the Coraona pandemic, says the VBV chairman.