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Ham van Coles (photo) is sold for $ 9 per kilogram, an increase compared to the selling price of $ 7 in 2018

The price of Christmas ham will rise almost 30% this festive season amid the devastating drought of Australia

  • Supermarkets in Australia raise the costs after a decline in the pig population
  • Woolworths and Coles sell a kilo of ham for $ 9, an increase of $ 2 from 2018
  • Aldi also raised the price of ham to $ 8.99 per kilogram, an increase of $ 1 from 2018
  • The price of honey, eggs, chicken and lamb will also rise this Christmas
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The price of Christmas ham will rise for the holidays, while farmers struggle to keep their pigs alive in the midst of the drought.

Large supermarket chains in Australia raise the cost of meat after a five percent decrease in livestock.

Woolworths and Coles sell a kilo of ham for $ 9 – an increase from the selling price of $ 7 in 2018.

Aldi has also raised the price of ham to $ 8.99 per kilogram, which is $ 1 more than 2018, 9News reported.

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Ham van Coles (photo) is sold for $ 9 per kilogram, an increase compared to the selling price of $ 7 in 2018

Ham van Coles (photo) is sold for $ 9 per kilogram, an increase compared to the selling price of $ 7 in 2018

Aldi has also increased his ham price (photo) by $ 1 more and sells for $ 8.99 per kilogram

Aldi has also increased his ham price (photo) by $ 1 more and sells for $ 8.99 per kilogram

Aldi has also increased his ham price (photo) by $ 1 more and sells for $ 8.99 per kilogram

Desperate farmers are forced to pay more for food to keep their pigs alive while struggling to stay alive amid severe drought.

At a global level, African swine fever has also wiped out a quarter of the world's pig population after being affected by the virus.

But Australia's strict biosecurity laws have prevented pigs from becoming infected in the country.

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Australian pork spokesman Peter Haydon said that during the Christmas period there will be & # 39; less discount & # 39; will be on ham.

HOW MUCH WILL THE COST INCREASE YOUR HAM?

Woolworths

2018: $ 7 per kg

2019: $ 9 per kg

Coles

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2018: $ 7 per kg

2019: $ 9 per kg

Aldi

2018: $ 7.99 per kg

2019: $ 8.99 per kg

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& # 39; Ham is such an important part of the Christmas meal that people generally buy what they want for Christmas, & # 39; he said.

Shoppers will also be stung by the increased price of honey while the drought continues to kill pollen-producing trees in northern NSW and southern Queensland.

Hive + Wellness, Australia's largest honey manufacturer and owner of the Capilano brand, is now paying beekeepers up to $ 6 per kilogram of their product – a dollar more than usual.

The supply is expected to be up to 3,000 tonnes below the average 10,000 tonnes per year.

Kellogg has announced that it would increase the price of its popular breakfast cereals, as the drought pushed up the price of wheat, corn oats and rice.

Supermarkets in Australia are forced to raise the price of ham because farmers struggle to keep their pigs alive in the midst of the drought (stock image)
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Supermarkets in Australia are forced to raise the price of ham because farmers struggle to keep their pigs alive in the midst of the drought (stock image)

Supermarkets in Australia are forced to raise the price of ham because farmers struggle to keep their pigs alive in the midst of the drought (stock image)

Supermarkets are also under pressure to raise the price of eggs and chickens while farmers struggle to feed their birds.

Aldi, Coles and Woolworths have started paying farmers more for their products after taking into account the drought.

Prices for lamb, beef and bread have also recently risen, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Consumer Price Index for the June quarter.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Woolworths, Coles and Aldi for further comments.

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