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Poultry Firms Cry Foul At Compensation Failures

by 5m Editor
21 August 2007, at 8:02am

KUWAIT CITY - The Ministry of Finance allocated a budget of KD 12.8 million to the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) more than a month ago for the compensation of poultry companies that incurred huge financial losses due to the bird flu outbreak experienced earlier in Kuwait, reports Al-Wasat.

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“Kuwait donated KD 96 million to Egypt but it has neglected the welfare of Kuwaiti companies that were severely affected by the onset of the virus,”

Tawfiq Al-Salih, Board Chairman of Al-Mubarakiya Poultry Company (MPC).

The affected companies, however, claimed that they did not receive any compensation from the PAAAFR until now which, sources say, is absurd considering Kuwait provided aid to those who were affected with the virus in Egypt one month ago.

Board Chairman of Al-Mubarakiya Poultry Company (MPC) Tawfiq Al-Salih pointed out “PAAAFR Director Eng Jassem Al-Bader, in a Parliamentary Agricultural Affairs Committee meeting held earlier with the attendance of the State Minister for Municipality Affairs, vowed to distribute the compensation immediately after the allocated budget is handed over to PAAAFR.

Al-Salih appealed to the concerned authorities in the government and parliament to address the issue disclosing that most of the poultry companies had acquired loans with high interest rates. “Kuwait donated KD 96 million to Egypt but it has neglected the welfare of Kuwaiti companies that were severely affected by the onset of the virus,” he lamented.

Source: Arab Times

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