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by 5m Editor
25 April 2003, at 12:00am

GERMANY - A regional agriculture minister has promised to oppose attempts by the German government to goldplate the EU welfare regulations (which are already in force in UK).

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Steffen Flath, Saxony minister for environment and agriculture, has promised to do everything in his power to prevent the German federal government loading unilateral welfare measures on German pig farms.

Flath says if German pig keepers have to comply with stricter space requirements than the rest of Europe it will mean production is transferred elsewhere, with a consequent loss of rural jobs.

He is likely to engage the sympathy of UK producers when he heaps scorn on a suggestion by federal government that the marketplace will appreciate the higher welfare measures.

The EU stipulates an area of 0.65 m² per fattener up to 110kg but Germany is proposing an area of 1.10 m². Right now producers are less than enchanted with green federal minister of agriculture Renate Künast.

Source: National Pig Association - 24th April 2003

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