MEP Sarbu questions EC about ovine crisis

Romanian MEP Daciana Sarbu of the Social Democratic Party (P SD), in the ruling coalition, a member on the AGRI Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament, on Tuesday questioned the European Commission about the crisis in the ovine sector and requested it to come up with details about the measures for a wider support to sheep farmers.

In a press release issued by Sarbu’s MEP team, she is quoted as saying the ovine sector has recorded this year the largest decline in the history of the European Union, as the livestock dwindled by 4 percent.
A study commissioned by the European Parliament indicates that countries such as Spain, France and Ireland are expecting a decrease of up to 10 percent in their 2015 sheep meat output.

Given that importation is not the best solution to meet the demand for meat, Sarbu says that a wider support should be extended to local sheep farmers, particularly because the quality and security standards of food of ovine origin made in the EU are far better than those of the imported equivalent.
Sarbu asked the European Commission what its measures are for wider support to sheep farmers and to halt a decline in sheep herds.

The European Commission was also asked whether it intends to take measures to iron out differences between the aids to the ovine and the bovine sector, between crops and pastures.

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