Date lodged: 16 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what support it can offer to farmers who face higher insurance premiums as a result of being located in areas that are deemed at high-risk of avian flu outbreaks.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 27 February 2017
There are no areas in Scotland where the risk to poultry on individual premises from avian flu is deemed as "high-risk". The risk of an incursion of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza from wild birds into domestic birds is assessed to be ‘low to medium’ depending on the levels of biosecurity, so it is essential that all bird keepers continue to ensure that their birds are protected from infection by practicing the highest levels of biosecurity. That is why Scottish Government has introduced an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone, where the requirement to introduce enhanced biosecurity applies across all of Scotland.