On November 2019, the Dutch government launched a plan to cut down odour emissions from the pig industry. Pig farms will be graded on an odour scale and those with higher odour problems would be more likely to claim the government aid for the closure of their businesses, according to the Environmental ministry.
In November last year, the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture launched a programme of aid for the rehabilitation of the pig sector, aimed at those farms that are causing odour nuisance in the surrounding areas. The aid is intended to pay for the closure of odorous hog units close to residential areas.
Participation exceeded expectations. 502 applications were submitted for this plan out of the 407 that met the requested requirements, and the Ministry of Agriculture had to almost double the initial budget from 275 to 455 million €.
These aids were available only for areas of the country where there is a high livestock density, in the east and south of the Netherlands.
The money to be received by farmers is made up of two parts: on the one hand, it will be compensated for each pig and, on the other hand, for the loss of value of the farm. The government will pay farmers as much as 151 € for every pig in the south of the Netherlands, while those in the east will get 52 € for every animal they sacrifice. The compensation for the loss of value of the farms has been estimated at 470 € per square metre. These amounts have been estimated by the Wageningen University (WUR).
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