08 June 1999
Dutch farm minister resigns after pig dispute

HAIJO Apotheker, the Dutch farm minister, has resigned after failing to get sufficient support from the cabinet for a plan to soften curbs on pig rearing.

His resignation came days before a judicial ruling on whether the state had to compensate pig farmers for being forced to reduce their herds.

A court in March overturned a law requiring a 25% cut over three years in the Netherlands 15m pig population which had been hit by a swine fever outbreak.

Mr Apotherkers preferred solution would have involved a greater voluntary element and government funds to buy in some of the pig stock for slaughter.

  • Financial Times 08/06/99 page 2
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