New Support for Poultry Sector from UK Government
The Government of UK released new support for the poultry sector to aid farmers and producers with the negative effects of bird flu. The Government’s new plans will allow farmers to be compensated from the beginning of a planned cull, instead of at the end.
In the past year, over 200 cases of bird flu have been confirmed across the UK— making this the worst outbreak ever.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs stated that the new system would allow for quicker payments to help ease any cash flow pressures and provide more certain entitlements to compensation.
An easement to marketing rules is also being introduced in England, following consultation with the Food Standards Agency. From 28 November to 31 December 2022, farmers who breed turkeys, geese or ducks for their meat will have the option to slaughter and freeze these animals earlier than usual so that they can be sold as defrosted products.
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