EU proposal to cut culling subsidies
European culling subsidies might be reduced from 100
to 75%. This proposal was made by the European Commission in Brussels
In addition, livestock producers would only receive money when outbreaks
would cause a production loss of more than 30%.
These proposals were made in an attempt to reform rules for state subsidies
in the livestock sector, press agency AgraEurope says.
At this moment, livestock producers receive a full repay after
compulsory culling of their herds or flocks once they have been struck by
diseases like e.g. Foot & Mouth Disease
. In the proposals state subsidies
should only go as far as 75% of the worth.
The Dutch Product Board for Livestock and Meat (PVV) says the proposal is not a very
wise idea, as it could cause livestock producers to be hesitant to report a
PVV Secretary Jan Klaver said, "Payments for cullings are based on current
animal market prices. However, market prices could rise due to massive cullings.
We can imagine the Commission would like to correct that, but only repaying 75%
is too low. It could turn disastrous for the duty to report a disease."
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