Farmers demand compensation for losses caused by FMD outbreak

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AMMAN — Jordanian farmers affected by the recent foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak during the winter season are demanding compensation for the losses incurred by their herds. اضافة اعلان

Chairman of the Dairy Cattle Cooperative Laith Al-Hajj highlighted the financial impact of the pandemic on cattle breeders and emphasizes the need for swift action to prevent further losses.

Compensation and vaccinationHajj voiced the concerns of several farmers who are seeking compensation for the damages suffered as a result of the FMD outbreak. He emphasized the urgent requirement for a vaccine to be provided to cattle on farms, aiming to minimize future losses, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Responding to the farmers' demands, assistant secretary-general for livestock at the Ministry of Agriculture, Ali Abu Nukta, revealed that the ministry has approved a compensation memorandum.

However, disbursement of the compensation is currently pending approval from the Ministry of Finance.

The funds will be sourced from the Risk Fund to provide financial relief to affected farmers.

Additionally, he said, the Ministry of Agriculture has taken proactive measures to address the outbreak.

Import licenses have been granted to individuals affected by the foot-and-mouth disease, allowing them to import cattle equal to 25 percent of their original herd size.

Furthermore, the ministry has taken steps to combat the disease's spread by supplying vaccines to the markets.

FMD has been controlled in Jordan, and no new infections have been reported.

According to the World Health Organization, the disease is prevalent in several countries in North and Central Africa, the Middle East, and even reaching India. However, it is not transmissible to humans through any means, and products from infected animals such as milk and meat are considered safe.

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