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South Korea Imports US Eggs to Ease Bird Flu Shortage

16 January 2017

SOUTH KOREA - South Korea's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA, under Minister Kim Jae-su) has promised to 'minimise inconvenience' to the public from its largest ever avian influenza epidemic, as part of a suite of measures to grow the agriculture and food industries.

The ministry said it would 'stabilise the possibility of additional incidents' and also stabilise the supply of eggs and poultry by April.

South Korea has had to cull millions of birds to curb avian influenza, resulting in price hikes for eggs.

Media reports suggest that nearly three million eggs have been imported by aeroplane from the US to ease the shortage.

Other measures MAFRA aims to introduce include targeted support for exports to major markets, and a safety net scheme to expand support for agricultural disaster insurance and strengthen welfare support for low-income and aged farmers.

ThePoultrySite News Desk

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