Staff Reporter
YESTERDAY Juan Dueñas, director of the Majorcan abbatoir Carn Illa, warned that the pork industry in Majorca (except for the native “black pigs,” pictured above, and suckling pig) will disappear in the next three years due to the high costs caused by being an island and by the fall in production of pig farms on the island. During the presentation of Mercapalma's (the wholesale food market) annual report, he complained that “it is very difficult to compete with the pig farms on the Peninsula”. In contras to this, he said, lamb and mutton production will fall slightly and beef production will stay the same.
Dueñas said that the biggest fall in local meat production had been in pork, whose sales fell by 40.8 percent, while lamb and mutton fell by 5.7 percent, as opposed to the rises in beef (12 percent) and horse meat (3.7 percent). A total of 12'700 tonnes of meat was sold in 2005, of which 4'559 came from the Carn Illa abbatoir, while nearly double that quantity, the remaining 8'141, came from the Peninsula. As for fruit and vegetables, during the past year 138'977 tonnes were sold, which was a 2.6 percent drop in comparison with 2004.
The fruit products which sold most were watermelons (9'510 tonnes), oranges (8'206 tonnes), and melons (7'523 tonnes).
As for the vegetables, potatoes led the sales with 17'645 tonnes, followed by tomatoes (15'425 tonnes) and lettuces (9'210 tonnes).
The autonomous regions from which most fruit and vegetables came were the Valencia region, with 19.9 percent; Catalonia, with 13 percent; and Andalucia, with 9.9 percent. The average price of all fruit and vegatable products sold at Mercapalma was 1.07 euros per kilo, which means that prices have fallen by 5.9 percent.

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