The Polish pig industry does not pose an immediate threat to Dutch producers, an expert has claimed.
Alfred van Lenthe, head of market structure with the Product Board for Livestock Meat and Eggs in the Netherlands, said the Poles currently lacked the resources to be a serious threat.
Speaking at the recent Dutch Meat Board trade seminar, van Lenthe said initial production from Poland was more likely to be travelling eastwards, towards Russia. "They lack the infrastructure and the technical resources, so in the short and medium term I don't think they can compete in higher value markets," he told delegates.
However, he admitted that Poland, which was once a major bacon producer, still had "huge" potential in the long term and would prove attractive to foreign investment.