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
- The Daily Telegraph 08/06/99 page 17