GERMANY, Berlin. Stables with more animal welfare have their price. The Competence Network for Animal Husbandry commissioned by the Federal Government proposes levies on animal products to cover the additional costs.
Government advisors are currently discussing proposals for a price premium of 40 cents per kilogram of meat. The money is to be used to support farmers in their efforts for animal-friendly husbandry. Other animal products are also to be taxed, reports the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. The proposals are contained in a draft for recommendations, which the Competence Network for Animal Husbandry is currently working on on behalf of the federal government.
According to the draft, the price premium for meat products could be 40 cents/kg. Other animal products should also be taxed additionally. A surcharge of 2 cents/kg milk, milk products and eggs as well as 15 cents/kg cheese, butter or milk powder are under discussion. According to the authors, the additional income should be used to compensate farmers for the higher costs of animal-friendly husbandry, the newspaper quotes from the draft.
On Friday, the experts discussed the final recommendations to the federal government. In March 2019, Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner established the "Competence Network for Farm Animal Husbandry". It is to help implement the farm animal strategy. The committee is made up of experts from politics, science, practice, industry and associations. The former Federal Minister of Agriculture Jochen Borchert heads the committee.