Hong Kong To Stop Pig Farming Due To Environmental Concerns

HONG KONG - Hong Kong plans to cease pig farming permanently under a 941.7-million-HK dollar (121 million U. S. dollars) scheme so as to improve sanitary situation, said the territory's authorities on Tuesday.

The ex-gratia payment will be used to compensate pig farmers who choose to surrender their licenses voluntarily, said the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

The scheme is aimed to reduce the number of pig farms in Hong Kong, thereby reducing associated public health and environmental pollution problems.

The bureau said pig farming activities generated considerable public health and environmental pollution problems that were difficult to overcome, and there was a need to consider whether the sustainable development of livestock farming can ever be realistically achieved.

Source: Peoples Daily Online
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