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The manufacturers of feed supply enough goods even in the current difficult times and are therefore a reliable partner for farmers. This is confirmed by the German Feed Association. (DVT) after a survey among member companies. "The warehouses are full, so that a regular supply can continue to be guaranteed", says DVT managing director Dr. Hermann-Josef Baaken. In addition, the European association of compound feed manufacturers FEFAC, together with the agricultural associations COCERAL and FEDIOL, had expressed the importance of supply to the EU Commission and advocated cross-border regulations in EU trade. In the meantime, the EU Commission has issued a recommendation to the member states on facilitating the movement of goods across the border, including "Green Lanes".
In a letter to the crisis management team of the Federal Republic of Germany, Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner once again underlined the system relevance of the agricultural and feed sector as demanded by the DVT and other associations. DVT underlines the demand that solutions must be sought in the case of illnesses of individual employees in order to avoid plant closures, especially since BfR and EFSA point out that a transmission of corona viruses via products and thus also animal feed is extremely unlikely. Baaken: "The industry has assured itself of mutual solidarity for the replacement of feed supplies in the event of urgently necessary restrictions in production.
In principle, feed businesses have drawn up contingency plans, have further tightened hygiene measures and try to avoid personal contact as far as possible. At present, there is a lack of supplies of the necessary protective equipment (including respiratory protection, gloves, protective suits), as a whole range of feed additives may only be processed with the use of protective equipment according to their approval regulations. For this reason, DVT, together with the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Wirkstoffe e. V. (AWT) at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture to take the affected farms into account when allocating them within the framework of the publicly "managed" quotas in order to be able to maintain proper operations.
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