Bird Flu :: World Bank calls for prompt bird flu payments to farmers

Prompt, uniformly distributed payments to farmers whose birds are killed because of avian flu are needed to help battle the disease, and it would encourage early reports of the disease, according to the report by the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Food Policy Research Institute.

It also called for legislation that makes clear the rights and responsibilities of governments, farmers and others.

Compensation rates should be based on market value, budget availability and production costs. However, market value is the best option, because “basing the cost on budget availability often leads to underpayment.”

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