Governments of China's bird flu-affected provinces releasing specific subsidy policies to support development of domestic poultry breeding industry

BEIJING , April 19, 2013 () – Governments of China's H7N9-hit provinces are releasing specific subsidy policies to support development of the domestic poultry breeding industry which has suffered a heavy blow from the spreading H7N9 bird flu.

The new strain of aviation influenza mainly spread in east China's Shanghai Municipality, and Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces.

According to Shanghai's subsidy standard, poultry breeding farms can get 15 yuan (2.4 U.S. dollars) for each bird they have kept and individual farmers can get 3 yuan for egg-laying hens.

Zhejiang will also give poultry breeding farms 15 yuan for each bird they have kept and grant one-off subsidies for large bird farms, while Anhui central finance will grant subsidies of 30 yuan for an original breeding bird.

Jiangsu has issued a circular to stabilize the poultry industry and formulated concrete measures to support poultry production, large-scale breeding, live poultry's processing and stockpiling, and market distribution.

As impacts on the poultry-breeding industry are general nationwide, less seriously H7N9-hit areas such as Beijing, Guangdong, Henan, Hainan and Shandong are also expected to soon roll out the relative supportive policies, according to information office of the Ministry of Agriculture. (Edited by Liu Xiaoyun,

(c) 2013 Xinhua News Agency

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