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Crisis in Belgian Beef, Fruit Sectors Officially Recognised

25 April 2019

BELGIUM - The beef, apple and pear sectors are in crisis, according to Federal Agriculture Minister Denis Ducarme, who is offering to postpone or cancel the social security contributions to be paid by the farmers concerned.

According to Mr Ducarme, the beef sector is suffering mainly from lower consumption - a 25 percent drop in in five years - and increased prices for fodder and other cattle feed as a result of drought.

Apples and pears, for their part, are reeling from the effects of the Russian embargo. At the same time, prices have dropped and are not enough to offset production costs.

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Source: The Brussels Times

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