Tuesday 10 December 2019

Ministers agree to buy out pig farmers who want to quit: AD

Pigs on a factory farm. Photo: Depositphotos.com

The cabinet will announce plans to cut the number of pigs in the Netherlands from 12 million to 10.5 million when it outlines measures to meet climate targets on Friday, the AD reported.

In total, €60m is being set aside to help pig farmers who want to leave the business and €70m has been allocated to farmers who want to use more sustainable farming methods and reduce the size of their herds, the AD said.

Sources told the AD that ministers consider reducing the amount of livestock in the Netherlands is a key part of meeting targets on nitrogen emissions and on cutting carbon dioxide.

Reducing the amount of livestock has always been a controversial issue but now ministers have agreed to buy out farmers who want to quit the business, the paper said.

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