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Czech meat output down 8.8 pct in 2004

by 5m Editor
28 January 2005, at 12:00am

CZECH REPUBLIC - Czech meat output fell by 8.8 per cent year-on-year to 473,623 tonnes in 2004, the Czech Statistical Office (CSU) said today. This decline was to some extent covered by a 2.6 per cent growth in poultry output. The figures, excluding poultry meat output, were affected by lower output of both beef and pork. Beef production (including veal) amounted to 96,660 tonnes last year, a drop of 10.6 per cent. Pork output slid by 8.4 per cent to 376,723 tonnes. This decline was to some extent covered by a 2.6 per cent growth in poultry output. "After the inclusion of poultry meat in overall production, the decline in meat output dropped to 5.5 per cent compared with 2003," statisticians said. Milk purchases by dairies were down by 1.4 per cent on the year at almost 2.5 billion litres last year. Meat output also fell in December alone, as total output slumped by 15.2 per cent to 38,400 tonnes on a drop in beef and pork output. The situation on the Czech pork market was affected by Czech accession to the EU last year. "After Czech accession to the EU and the liberalisation of the market, some farms started to sell pigs to EU countries at higher prices," statisticians said.

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