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China to support poultry industry after bird flu outbreak: Paper

Published on Jan 30, 2014 10:11 AM
 
   A policeman talks to employees of a wholesale market where infected poultry imported from mainland China was discovered in Hong Kong, on Jan 28, 2014. A recent outbreak of bird flu in China has cost poultry farmers 20 billion yuan (S$4.2 billion) and the government will implement new policies to support the industry, the Shanghai Securities News reported on Thursday. -- PHOTO: AFP

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - A recent outbreak of bird flu in China has cost poultry farmers 20 billion yuan (S$4.2 billion) and the government will implement new policies to support the industry, the Shanghai Securities News reported on Thursday.

The outbreak has affected more than 40 million farmers and triggered a fall in chicken and egg prices, the newspaper said.

It quoted Zhang Zhongqiu, a senior official of China's Ministry of Agriculture, as saying that new policies would be rolled out in due course.

Chinese authorities have confirmed a second human case of the new H10N8 strain of bird flu, contracted by a woman who is in a critical condition in a hospital in the east of the country, state news agency Xinhua reported this week.

 
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