Belgian poultry farmers remain empty handed
The Flemish government in Belgium is not to make
subsidies available to the poultry sector, which has suffered from market losses
owing to bird flu fears, VRT news said.
Instead of direct financial compensation, the government intends to spend
money on poultry promotion. Flemish Prime Minister Yves Leterme announced a €
300,000 budget for a media campaign to boost sales of poultry products and
Poultry farmers and traders in Flanders have estimated the
recent anti-bird flu measures have cost the sector some € 60
Unfounded consumer concerns have also hit the industry. Many
people have avoided buying poultry products and eggs, out of fear of bird flu
Leterme is to investigate what level of financial
support would be required in the event of an actual bird flu outbreak later this
The European Union had approved the introduction of subsidies
for poultry farmers under the condition that the member states themselves meet
half of the cost.
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