Confinement obligation for poultry partially lifted | NOW

Poultry farmers in certain areas near the Belgian and German borders will no longer have to comply with the confinement obligation from Tuesday. Minister Henk Staghouwer (Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality) announced this on Tuesday. According to the minister, the risk that poultry in those regions will be infected with bird flu is relatively limited.

Bird flu has been found in more than sixty chicken and duck farmers in the Netherlands since October last year. With the first find in October, a compulsory confinement was immediately introduced. This means that the animals are no longer allowed to go outside.

It also meant that after a few weeks, free-range eggs were no longer available in the supermarkets. That is still the case.

In some parts of the country, the risk of infection is not that great, according to Staghouwer. He therefore wants to offer companies in these regions some prospects for the future by abolishing the confinement obligation.

These are regions near the German border, with the exception of North Groningen and the center of Limburg. In part of Noord-Brabant, companies no longer have to keep their animals indoors. The other regions are still subject to the confinement obligation.

Due to the partial lifting of the measures, free-range eggs should soon be available in the supermarket again.