UK pig producers, pigmeat purchasers and politicians are all trapped by a strong £. Farmers can prove they are losing fortunes, and buyers, along with the government, are under pressure to help them. But, as this chart shows, UK producers are already paid more than most of their competitiors in the EU ­ or are they? A chart showing price increases in national currencies over the past year would look very different. The French, for instance, have seen their market rise more than 13%, despite apparently having lost ground when their returns are converted to sterling. On the other hand, if UK producers had enjoyed the same 40% increase as the Dutch over the past year ­ instead of the actual 10.6% ­ the UK price would now be 97p kg/dw instead of the present 76p. {{MEAT }}