Bulgaria's Agriculture Minister Fears Romania's Bird Flu

Politics | July 29, 2006, Saturday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Now that Bulgaria has calmed down because the bird flu found in the south has been tamed, the country should worry about pressure from its northern neighbour Romania, Agriculture Minister Nihat Kabil said.

Romania's bird flu hotbeds may present a problem for Bulgaria in the fall, as they are of the deadly to humans H5N1 strain, Kabil said for private Darik radio Saturday.

The Bulgaria-found bird flu is not of the strain that may kill humans, but the danger is far from gone, Kabil explained, as once migration period starts, Romania's outspread may become a threat.

Kabil also said that the pre-emptive halt of poultry export was good for Bulgaria as this would allow the country to resume export on its own terms, since it beat the EU to placing the embargo.

The minister also pointed out that he didn't fear a grain crisis as there is enough wheat in the country right now both for the local market and for export.

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