Dutch farm minister resigns after pig dispute

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

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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