FINANCIAL AID FOR MONAGHAN POULTRY SECTOR TO COUNTER BIRD FLU IMPACT

10 July 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A once-off financial support scheme for 14 poultry flock owners in Co Monaghan impacted by avian influenza has been announced by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Barry Cowen TD. A strain of LPAI or low pathogenic avian influenza was confirmed four months ago in a number of flocks in Co. Monaghan, which is the centre of Irish poultry production, leading to the affected producers having to cull their birds.

The bird flu strain identified has no food safety implications but does impact on flock productivity. Minister Cowen said the financial aid would be administered by his Department. “I want to acknowledge that the flock owners in question have taken the correct action in depopulating their flocks for the greater good of the sector,” the Minister stated.

“In light of the significant economic impact this has had on their business, I am pleased to be able to provide some assistance towards the costs of depopulation which they have incurred.” The Minister…

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