New policies being put into place to help prevent future outbreak spreads
10/07/2012Initial financial support, estimated at $20 million, will be allocated to Mexican poultry producers affected by the country's outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the state of Jalisco, according to the Mexican Secretariat of Agriculture.
The first batch of funds will compensate affected producers for flock losses and will extend credit lines at preferential rates. In addition, the secretariat and producers are working within a new regulatory framework to establish a minimum distance between poultry houses and farms to limit the future impact of poultry diseases.
Some neighbor states, such as Zacatecas and Nayarit, have offered available land to move farms from the affected areas in Los Altos de Jalisco, which had the world’s highest concentration of commercial egg laying hens before the outbreak. Producers are also seeing to include compensation funding, to be used in case of any sanitary emergency, in any new poultry legislation.