China to support poultry industry after bird flu outbreak: Paper
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.