EU calls for help to poultry farms

EU - EU agriculture commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel has called for extra help to poultry farmers suffering from market collapse in the wake of the H5N1 strain of avian flu.

"It is quite clear that the extent of the crisis cannot be handled effectively within the existing legal framework," she told EU agriculture ministers meeting in Brussels.

So far this year the EU Commission has made use of the only instrument at its disposal, increasing export refunds for poultry.

"But the effects of this were limited due to the fact that several Third countries have introduced import restrictions on our exports," said the commissioner.

calendar icon 24 March 2006
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