EU farm ministers agreed on Tuesday to increase compensation payments to poultry owners for costs incurred in fighting against bird flu and focus on lower-risk strains to stop the virus spreading, officials said.
The EU funding will be used to compensate farmers who have to slaughter poultry or other captive birds due to a risk of the disease, destroy contaminated feedstuffs and animal products, or have to disinfect plants and equipment.
Starting in January, the EU will pay half the bill presented by farmers who are battling against both high and low pathogenic strains of bird flu in their poultry flocks.
[...] In the Netherlands, which saw a devastating bird flu outbreak in 2003 that wiped out over a third of the flock, the total losses -- including from export bans -- reached around 500 million euros.
Source. The fact that low pathogenic strains of bird flu are included in the new compensation plan could make this a hugely expensive program. If you know of any good estimates of the new subsidies please share them in the comments.