Retailers and processors are being urged to back British pig farmers as rising amounts of pork are imported. British Pig Executive chairman Richard Campbell is contacting major retailers and processors. He said: "Following several weeks of a slow but steady recovery in pig prices they have now fallen sharply ­ many contract prices are down 8p per kg over the last fortnight. "In the last three years alone imports of pork, mostly used in manufacturing, have risen by 70%. "Poor profitability at the end of the '90s has taken its toll and the British pig breeding herd has already contracted 30%. Many producers are also seeing their production costs rise as a result of new pig diseases PDNS and PMWS." {{M/E MEAT }}