Thai Farmers Get US$125 Million Compensation

BANGKOK - The Thai government had paid over five billion baht or about US$125 million in compensation to farmers affected by avian influenza or bird flu while the country's frozen chicken export dropped sharply from US$597.3 million in 2003 to US$13.3 million last year.

Foreign Minister Kantathi Suphamongkhon said the compensations were paid to farmers whose livestocks were culled as part of the government's outbreak control measures at source.

"These and other measures seem to have been effective. There has been no further outbreak in Thailand since last November while the last confirmed human case was reported last October," he said when opening the Acmecs Special Senior Officials' Meeting on Avian Influenza Pandemic Preparedness here Monday.

Source: Bernama
calendar icon 8 May 2006
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