Italy will receive 27.2 million/€ from the agricultural reserve to compensate farmers for bird flu
Published Mar 31, 2023
The European Commission will provide 27.2 million euros to Italy from the agricultural reserve (formerly called the crisis reserve) to help compensate farmers in areas affected by outbreaks of bird flu, following the positive vote of the Member States of the European Union. The high cases of avian influenza in this country at the end of 2021 generated a loss of production of hatching eggs, eggs for consumption, live animals and poultry meat on farms located in those areas with movement restrictions, as well as losses for destroyed eggs and meat. Following a formal request from Italy, the Commission decided to cover 50% of the costs borne by Italy with EU funds to support the market for poultry eggs and meat severely affected by outbreaks of avian influenza. Farms located in those regulated areas will be entitled to the agricultural reserve until the end of 2021.
According to the EC, payments must be made before September 30, 2023 to be eligible for Union co-financing. Following the formal approval of the support measure by the Commission, the implementing regulation will be published in the Official Journal of the EU and is expected to enter into force in the second half of April. Avian flu situation in Italy Between October 23, 2021 and December 31, 2021, Italy confirmed and notified 294 outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza subtype H5. The species affected were chickens, laying hens, turkeys, ducks, and guinea fowl. This country immediately took ...