Dutch poultry sector feels financial pinch
27 February 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch poultry sector is bringing in less money due to the drop in sales because of fears about the H5N1 strain of bird flu.
27 February 2006
AMSTERDAM — The Dutch poultry sector is bringing in less money due to the drop in sales because of fears about the H5N1 strain of bird flu.
Sales of poultry products have dropped by 70 percent in Italy and by 20 percent in Germany.
The Netherlands is the second-largest poultry producer in the European Union after France. About two thirds of all chicken production in the Netherlands is intended for export, a spokesperson for the Product Boards for Livestock, Meat and Eggs (PVE) said on Monday.
Prices for chicks have fallen from 70 cents to 53 cents at a time when many producers are already loss-making. "Businesses can't bear this indefinitely," the PVE said. The organisation called for temporary financial support from the EU to help the sector.
Dutch consumers are not showing signs at this stage of cutting back on chicken and eggs.
The Netherlands and France have been granted permission to vaccinate poultry most at risk of coming into contact with the strain of bird flu that can be deadly for humans.
Dutch Agriculture Minister Cees Veerman has ordered that all commercial poultry in the Netherlands be kept indoors. Poultry fairs and exhibitions have also been banned.
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Subject: Dutch news