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Taiwan COA to subsidize poultry farmers affected by avian flu

A file photo of COA Minister Chen Wu-hsiung. (file photo) Chen confirmed on Dec. 20 that chicken in a Kaohsiung County farm was infected with H5N2 bir...

A file photo of COA Minister Chen Wu-hsiung. (file photo) Chen confirmed on Dec. 20 that chicken in a Kaohsiung County farm was infected with H5N2 bir...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) confirmed Saturday that chicken in a Kaohsiung County farm was infected with H5N2 bird flu virus, a low-pathogenic virus that is not communicable to humans. The COA also announced to increase the loan value for affected farmers to help them through the difficult times.

As the news of suspected disease was exposed on Dec. 17, Japan has banned the imports of Taiwan’s poultry the same afternoon. Being the biggest duck provider to Japan, Taiwan exports 5,000 tons of duck annually worth US$23 million (approximately NT$750 million). For the time being, US$4 million (NT$130 million) worth of duck in the process of shipping, customs clearance is expected to be affected.

If the poultry price experiences volatile change, the COA will launch a price stabilizing mechanism to guide businesses to speed up related procedures such as slaughtering, freezing, and processing.

The COA also listed influenced poultry businessmen as applicants for poultry industry management loans, raising the highest loan amount from NT$20 million to NT$30 million, circulating funds from NT$5 million to NT$10 million for farmers. For farming enterprises, maximum loan amount is hiked to NT$40 million from NT$30 million and the revolving funds from NT$10 million to NT$20 million. The annual interest rate for loans is cut down to 1.5%.

According to Animal Health Inspection and Quarantine of Kaohsiung County, a three-month monitoring and examination will be conducted to chicken farms within three kilometers of the infected chicken farm.

Some may worry that the eggs of the sick chicken had already entered market. A Health Ministry official said that the eggs and chicken would be safe when fully cooked and the diseased chicken had all been culled.

In accordance with the standard procedure of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), an infected area can apply to be taken off from the list of infection following a three-month monitoring without new epidemic occurrences.

The resumption of exports to Japan may take five months, with one to two month-evaluation done by Japanese authorities, said the COA.

When H5N2 avian flu broke out in Taiwan in January 2004, Japan did not resume poultry importation from Taiwan until August the same year.

by Taiwan News, Website Editorial Staff


Updated : 2021-07-26 11:38 GMT+08:00