Hungarian poultry farms fear no subsidies
According to the country's Poultry Council, the
Hungarian poultry industry is demanding Ft 5.5 billion (US$30 million) in
additional state support for the second half of 2007 to stabilise
Despite increasing prices, the poultry sector has been experiencing
difficulties and, as a result, the industry has failed to raise
The threat of bird flu is still not over. Feed prices, fuelled by
a poor grain harvest, have also been soaring considerably, thereby increasing
input costs. Added to this, poultry imports have been rising while export
revenues are being cut by a strong forint.
Hungarian farmers are facing uncertainty regarding the level of support.
National subsidies were only available up to April 30. The ministry has made
only vague promises on the date and size of support available in the second half
of this year. This uncertainty over subsidies is cited as the main reason for
the stagnation of production.
In the first half of 2007, producers were paid Ft 9.50 (5 cents) per kg in
animal welfare subsidies and Ft 15 (84 cents) per layer hen in veterinary
support. This was complemented by support of Ft 120 (67 cents) per layer and Ft
60 (33 cents) per hen for parent flocks for the prevention of salmonella.
The poultry council now demands guarantees from the ministry that these
schemes will be available in the second half of this year, implying extra
support of Ft 5.5 billion (US$30 million) to the industry.
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