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NPA calls for ministerial support over surfeit of environment legislation

by 5m Editor
17 October 2006, at 10:33am

UK - NPA chairman Stewart Houston yesterday wrote to environment minister Ian Pearson and farming minister Lord Rooker to emphasise the pig industry's concerns about IPPC costs.

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"The question of the cost of registration and renewal bears as heavily on our industry as it does the poultry industry," he said.

The pig sector would not be taking part in the poultry sector's organised protest over IPPC costs, because its circumstances were different... "but I did not want the absence of a protest from us to lead you to believe we have no concerns."

At a recent meeting with Ian Pearson, and again at the Defra chief executive officers conference, Stewart Houston proposed the concept of a 'pig industry environment strategy' which would embrace the myriad environmental legislation confronting the industry.

"This would take us out of the 'silo' mentality both industry and the Environment Agency have endured and allow us to design a strategy that was environmentally right for citizens and affordable to industry," he said in his letter to ministers.

" As an industry we have a good track record in designing strategies with a bottom-up approach combined with government partnership, for instance health and welfare, training, research and developement, Zoonoses Action Plan etc.

"Support for the concept is growing and our workshop approach to the other strategies will be replicated to deliver the Pig Industry Environment Strategy over coming months. I know we will be able to rely on your support."

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