Organic derogation extension relief for UK's pig, poultry farmers
Due to tight supplies of organic proteins, the extension allows farmers to continue feeding their pig and poultry up to 5% non-organic proteins.
The derogation also allows for farmers to buy in pullets of up to 18 weeks old, where organically-reared pullets are not available, provided they have been managed under the organic feed and veterinary standard.
NFU Deputy President Minette Batters said: “It is incredibly important for the organic pig and poultry industry that these derogations were extended, to provide certainty to producers.
“The NFU, along with industry, called for these derogations to be extended and it is fantastic news that the European Commission has listened to our concerns.
“A failure to extend would not only have meant severe consequences to the organic sector, such as being unable to source the right nutrition, but could have also resulted in major welfare concerns.
“While the extension does provide short-term certainty for producers, the long-term future of the industry is still up in the air." ■