Fischler announces "7-point plan" to tackle beef crisis

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In a further bid to react to the BSE crisis, Franz Fischler
European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and...

In a further bid to react to the BSE crisis, Franz Fischler European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries outlined on Tuesday an emergency plan to address the serious disruption to the beef and veal market. The package aims to reduce beef production in the future and to further promote farming methods in tune with the environment - support for organic production is reinforced. The "7-point plan" includes an exemption to use set-aside land for organic farming, the provision that no more than 90 cattle per holding and 1.8 livestock units per hectare should be eligible for certain premia and a new "Special Purchase Scheme", under which the Member States will have the choice of whether to store or destroy beef from animals over 30 months. Franz Fischler said, "Our plan will increase the environmental and social sustainability of EU beef production. It will limit the production potential in the future…Avoiding the beef mountains looming on Europe's horizon is in the interests of consumers, taxpayers and farmers alike."​He added that, " Immediate action to curb beef production by boosting less intensive and organic production is the only way forward."​ All these measures will be financed by fully respecting the Berlin limit for the agriculture budget. The proposal will be discussed in the Agriculture Council on 26 February.Access the European Union​ site.

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