§ Mr. Stephen Ross
asked the Minister of Agriculture. Fisheries and Food what proposals he has in mind to assist egg producers now faced with sharp increases in the price of feed and falling returns for their products.
§ Mr. Strang
It is true that feed prices have risen and that producers returns have fallen over the last two or three months from the higher levels they reached in the spring. Increases announced in recent weeks in packer to producer prices indicate that producers returns are now rising again. In addition the EEC Commission has increased export restitutions for imports to third countries from 9.5 va's to 13 va's per 100 kgs as from 1st August and this should help to firm up the Community market as a whole.