September 14, 2018
Romania requests EU funding to aid African swine fever crisis
Premier VioricaDancila, Romania's prime minister sought the European Union for financial help, on Thursday,to deal with the serious outbreak of African swine fever (ASF).
Premier Dancila made the request to the EU's agriculture commissioner, Phil Hogan, on the basis that Romania needs the money "to reduce the unfortunate impact" the disease has had on Romanian farmers.
In response, Hogan said the EU would evaluate Romania's request however, he added that the situation was logistically difficult given the high number of pigs that were kept by farmers in their backyards, insinuating that it would be easier for officials to disburse funds to large-scale pig farms.
Hogan explained that 75% of all "backyard" pig farmers in the EU were in Romania and that the EU had already allocated 2 million euros (US$2.3 million) to help veterinary services handle the outbreak.
The Veterinary Health and Food Safety Authority stated 900 outbreaks have been reported since and that 230,000 pigs have been culled, deeming the southeast as the worst affected region.
It said it was processing some 3,100 claims totalling 47.6 million lei (US$11.9 million), with 500,000 lei (US$125,991)compensation already paid to farmers.
Dancila later said the government would pay 500 lei (US$126) monthly to people who lost jobs in the pig industry due to the outbreak.
Source: Hastings Tribune