DARD Targets TB Reactors

The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland), August 3, 2002 | Go to article overview

DARD Targets TB Reactors


Byline: RICHARD MULLIGAN

THE Department of Agriculture is aiming to reduce the number of TB reactors to less than 8,000 within the next five years, a report said this week.

And within the next three years the number of reactors is to be reduced to 9,000 which would mean a saving of at least pounds 1 million on the compensation bill.

The proposed reductions were one of the main strategic recommendations contained within the Department's Bovine Tuberculosis Policy Review Report which is now open for public consultation.

The Department of Agriculture had said it would carry out a formal evaluation of its control policies. It was due to be completed in March last year, but because of the Foot-and-Mouth crisis, was not completed until June this year.

"As part of the consultation process the Department has now invited responses to the report by the closing date of October 22, " a Department spokesman said this week.

The main strategic recommendations are:

l the overall aim of the report is to reduce the number of TB reactors to less than 8,000 per year within five years; in the meantime, seek to reduce the level of reactors to 9,000 within three years of implementation of the new approach - the compensation bill will be reduced by at least pounds 1 million per year;

l the Department should bring our policy into full compliance with EU rules. …

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