Bulgaria is ready to pay compensations for the backyard pigs culled
The Bulgarian Food Safety Agency announced that compensations for the farmers who have disinfected their smallholding farms after complying with orders to cull domestic pigs will begin after September 1, informs Sofia Globe newspaper.
The amount of compensation is to be at 300 leva (€150) for every farm included in the 20 kilometers sanitary zone around the industrial farms. A number of other conditions apply. Owners of up to five pigs will be assisted. They must have had the pigs for meat for personal use, not for sale on the market. They must be included in a list to be drawn up by the mayor and certified by August 26,
The document must be certified by both the district governor and the official veterinarian, with signatures and stamps, and must be submitted to the regional epizootic commission. The money will be distributed via mayors, who would announce the date and time for collection. The owner must declare that he will not keep the pigs on his farm next year.
The measure was adopted after the ASF outbreaks in Bulgaria hit 3 large scale farms leading to the culling of 130,000 pigs. At this time the local pork industry still fears that the disease may deplete the national pig inventory of 600,000 head.
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