300 Bulgarian Farmers Form Human Chain against FMD Measures

Society | March 27, 2011, Sunday // 17:50| Views: | Comments: 12
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Bulgaria: 300 Bulgarian Farmers Form Human Chain against FMD Measures About 7000 cattle and sheep are expected to be put down in the Strandzha Mountain reagion over fears of FMD. Photo by BGNES

About 300 Bulgarian farmers from the Strandzha Mountain region participated in a human chain to stop vets from killing their animals infected with the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).

The farmers protested Sunday against the mass slaughter of about 7000 cattle and sheep over fears of FMD.

The human chain was formed by farmers from the villages of Golyamo Bukovo, Momina Tsarkva, Fakiya and Gorno Yabalkovo.

Despite their efforts, the vets killed all of the infected animals in the village of Fakiya. The herd was buried about 15 kilometers from the village.

The farmers demanded vaccines against FMD instead and said they are outraged because those whose animals have already been put down have received only BGN 900 per animal in compensations instead of the promised BGN 1 900.

"These are absurd and cruel measures and they will wipe out the livelihood of the local people," protesters said.

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#12
gmc.tt - 28 Mar 2011 // 13:46:56

interesting http://71-32-92-211.tukw.qwest.net/727b.htm

#11
viking - 28 Mar 2011 // 13:17:47

How are you going to hold back your production when you need to feed your children?"

We are talking about farmers. right? If they cannot grow enough to feed the family and are in a position that they "have" to sell to survive, they should get in a different business. You talking about a guy with 2 cows and a pig. I am talking about someone with a feed lot and 1500 head. This is the guy (and his customers) who run the market, not some slope headed mafia wannabe.


apples and oranges

#10
Mihail - 28 Mar 2011 // 12:55:39

Don't just think about the transportation costs, the cost of establishing connections, legal costs, etc.
There are also regulations and import/export quotas that can screw you, as you see here with the disease regulations.

#9
Mihail - 28 Mar 2011 // 12:40:13

"Most people would just take their product to a different market if the price(s) are too low or even hold back the product."

This is why economic policies don't work. Economists don't understand their own theories.
You've been fed the usual bs in some economics course.
You need to review the assumptions behind what you deduce, and believe me, those are indeed fairy tail assumptions.

Where are these people going to take their production? How are you going to hold back your production when you need to feed your children and it's rotting?

The theories can explain this, you just need to interpret them properly. The key is in the elasticity I think.

#8
viking - 28 Mar 2011 // 12:28:11

Must be our background or where we are from but I still cannot understand your "This is indeed supply and demand to some extent, but the agents in the market are determined by a few people."
Most people would just take their product to a different market if the price(s) are too low or even hold back the product.


Not a "fairy tale" but this is how it works in most of the world.

#7
Mihail - 28 Mar 2011 // 11:27:15

Theoretically you are right though. When I say "to some extent" I really mean that purely competitive market forces operate "to some extent".

#6
Mihail - 28 Mar 2011 // 11:24:19

I think your version of supply and demand is a fairy tail.
The EUSSR or the Bulgarian government can tell you you when to kill your animal and it can also tell you at what price you will be compensated.
The EUSSR can even tell you that you can't produce something at all. Which they do all the time under the precedent of "efficiency", "environment" or "stability" and others.

Moreover, if you've ever been to the local markets where the livestock and grain get sold, you'll realize prices are usually carefully controlled by the local mafia. This is indeed supply and demand to some extent, but the agents in the market are determined by a few people.

#5
viking - 28 Mar 2011 // 11:08:44

Mhail,

"buy and raise animals that someone will take from you at whatever price they want." ???
That does not make any sense. How can someone "take" from you? It is supply and demand that drives the price a person gets for what they produce.
Nothing more.

Don

#4
Mihail - 28 Mar 2011 // 10:22:41

That's what I thought, obvious attempt to destroy yet another local industry.

Even if those people get compensated, that will probably have major effects in the future. It's hard to invest time and savings, buy and raise animals that someone will take from you at whatever price they want. If they can get away with it once, then this will mess up the region.

There is also the possibility that some organized crime is responsible. There are many "entrepreneurs" trying to "establish" themselves in the remaining industries Bulgaria has.

#3
Ivanko - 28 Mar 2011 // 09:40:39

Not dangerous disease(except for cows, goats, pigs etc)

7000 needs to be 700 i think. EU loves to slaughter animals who are not sick.
I hope the people get compensated like it should or this could be the end of the entire region which is struggling to keep people in the villages.

#2
Mihail - 28 Mar 2011 // 07:49:28

What does this disease do? Is it dangerous?

#1
mrposhrat - 28 Mar 2011 // 04:59:24

If 7 000 had to be slaughtered, these farmers have probably been 'overlooking' the problem for some time?

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