The Czech Republic reported pig numbers at their lowest levels since 1946, according to the Czech Statistical Office, to 1.84 million pigs in 2010 — a 3.5% decrease from 2009.


Farmers have said that they can't compete with the cheaper pork imported into the country, and according to the Agricultural Chamber the Czech Republic's self-sufficiency in pork production will drop below 50% in 2011. In 1999, the country's pig numbers reached 4 million, a statistic the government hopes to reach again. Agriculture Minister Ivan Fuksa said he wants to increase support to pig breeders using funds from a package of Kc800 million that the ministry has earmarked for support of sensitive commodities.