Or­ganic rule ex­ten­sion wel­comed

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THE de­ci­sion to ex­tend two dero­ga­tions for or­ganic pig and poul­try for a fur­ther 12 months will pro­vide much­needed cer­tainty for the in­dus­try, the NFU and NPA said af­ter suc­cess­ful calls to the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion to ex­tend the per­mis­sions.

Due to tight sup­plies of or­ganic pro­teins, the ex­ten­sion al­lows farm­ers to con­tinue feed­ing their pig and poul­try up to 5% non-or­ganic pro­teins.

The dero­ga­tion also al­lows farm­ers to buy in pul­lets of up to 18 weeks old, where or­gan­i­cal­lyreared pul­lets are not avail­able, pro­vided that they have been man­aged un­der the or­ganic feed and vet­eri­nary stan­dard.

NFU deputy pres­i­dent Minette Bat­ters said: “It is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant for the or­ganic pig and poul­try in­dus­try that these dero­ga­tions were ex­tended, to pro­vide cer­tainty to pro­duc­ers.

“The NFU, along with in­dus­try, called for these dero­ga­tions to be ex­tended and it is fan­tas­tic news that the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has lis­tened to our con­cerns.”

NPA chief ex­ec­u­tive Zoe Davies added: “This is a great re­sult for or­ganic pig pro­duc­ers and one that will en­sure or­ganic pro­duc­tion can con­tinue for the time be­ing.

“How­ever, we will need to seek a more com­pre­hen­sive and longer-term agree­ment shortly to avoid this sit­u­a­tion re­oc­cur­ring in 12 months’ time.”

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