Farmers to pay for disease policy


BBC Radio 4, listen again (31 Mar)

Government plans to make livestock farmers pay 22 million pounds towards preventing animal diseases such as foot and mouth, have been described as “outrageous” by the President of the National Farmers Union. It cost the taxpayer 44 million pounds last year to prevent and prepare for outbreaks of so-called exotic animal diseases, including bird flu and foot and mouth. The Department for Food and Rural Affairs is now suggesting all farmers should pay a levy to halve that bill AND pay into an insurance scheme for tackling any disease outbreaks.  

The government is proposing to introduce the new system by 2012.

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