Thursday, 29 October 1953
Dáil Éireann Debate
Dr. Esmonde: asked the Minister for Agriculture if he is aware of the variations in the prices paid to producers for fat pigs; and, if so, if he will make a statement indicating the relationship between these prices and the price of bacon which is unvariable in price.
Dr. Esmonde: Could the Minister not give any indication as to why the price of fat pigs is not stable? It seems extraordinary that if the price of bacon is stable—it never comes down—the price of fat pigs comes down?
Dr. Esmonde: It is not a question of quality. It is a question of the fair. You go into a certain fair and pigs are a certain price. It is a question of the market for the day, which is rising and falling all the time. The farmers cannot understand why they cannot get stabilised prices when there is no change in the price of bacon.
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