Emergency steps sought to relieve drought hit E.U. feed industry

by Emily Buckley
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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — FEFAC, the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation, has gone to the E.U. Commission to ask it to take emergency measures to secure feed supplies for the E.U. livestock industry, which is confronted by severe drought.

For several months now, the E.U. has been facing a severe drought, which has resulted in serious problems in sourcing feedingstuffs. At the same time, prices of cereals are raising quickly in a highly speculative market. FEFAC has asked the E.U. to intervene to control the export of cereals and to release intervention stocks of wheat, barley and rye.

As cereals stocks are located mostly in Northern E.U. countries, FEFAC has also requested that aid be granted to cover the transport costs of cereals to Southern E.U. countries that are affected the most by the drought.

FEFAC represents 15 national associations in 14 E.U. member states as well as associations from Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Switzerland, Norway and Cyprus.