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No Change to Poultry Licence Buy-back

by 5m Editor
22 July 2008, at 10:37a.m.

HONG KONG - Secretary for Food & Health Dr York Chow has no plan to lower the 85 per cent retail trader participation target for launching the live poultry trade buy-out scheme.

Dr Chow told the media today the percentage was proposed by the trade in negotiations for ex-gratia payments for poultry retailers to terminate their businesses, so it remains the government's target.

He said that if most traders prefer to stay in business, the policy of banning the keeping of live chickens in wet markets overnight will continue. The policy is feasible and has been successful in the past two to three weeks, maintaining a constant live chicken supply at a stable price.

Dr Chow confirmed that the segregation of people from chickens is the government's long-term goal.

5m Editor