Disease prevention threatens survival of smallholder poultry farmers

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After less than a month since a new abattoir law came into effect, smallholder poultry farmers have marched north to the capital in protest. Smallholder poultry farmers are angered that under the new law many native chicken breeds now fail to meet Taiwanese slaughtering guidelines. The new poultry slaughtering regulations, which stipulate electrical stunning, effectively exclude a large percentage of smallholder poultry farmers, who generally rear a relatively small number of chickens.

Moreover, poultry abattoirs using electrical stunning processes are not only ill-equipped to deal with the irregularity of native breeds, and mainly focus on white broiler chickens, but there are also insufficient numbers of local abattoirs to meet the farmers’ needs.

Without amendments to the current regulations or the government stepping forward to facilitate negotiations between smallholder poultry farmers and abattoirs, it is unlikely a solution will be found in the short term. The heritage chicken industry, worth an estimate US$3.5 million per year in Taiwan, has traditionally relied on on-site slaughtering to meet demand while ensuring freshness.

The current situation threatens to snatch away the livelihoods of countless smallholder poultry farmers in Taiwan.  Many are worried that in a hasty attempt to implement disease prevention measures, the Council of Agriculture is inadvertently killing off a traditional way of life. Avian influenza is a common enemy of all poultry farmers, but in order to implement disease prevention as well as advance agricultural development and diversification, it seems clear that the authorities need to come up with a better solution. 

PeoPo 公民新聞 by brodsky

Disease prevention threatens survival of smallholder poultry farmers


防疫關頭 生存唯(危)雞



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Disease prevention threatens survival of smallholder poultry farmers