Netherlands

Dutch pig herd to become smaller

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The government is willing to pay compensations for farmers that are closing their businesses to lower emissions of ammonia.

Posted on Nov 26 ,06:14

Dutch pig herd to become smaller

The Netherlands pig farming sector is under pressure to limit emissions of ammonia as the country must obey a court rule on cutting nitrogen emissions. Starting this week, the government agreed to pay compensations for farmers that are willing to exit their businesses, announced the Ministry of Agriculture. Compensations will also be paid for the loss of value of pig stabling.
"We’re facing an important task: making the pig industry more sustainable and future proof. For farmers who continue, there will be a measure early next year targeted at innovation and reducing emissions," said Minister Carola Schouten in a statement quoted by Bloomberg The measure targets only a few areas with high livestock density in the east and south of the Netherlands. The registration period runs until January 15 and the compensations are different for each region. Pig farmers in the south will receive as much as 151 for every scrapped pig, while those in the east are to get 52 for every animal. After the registration period closes, farmers will have 8 months available to get rid of the pigs, clean the manure and close their farms.

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