Top livestock facilities and animals to be provided to Greece's Thessaly farmers for free

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The livestock facilities that will be built anew in the flood-destroyed plain of Thessaly will be state of the art and include escape routes for animals in case of new floods, officials of the Agricultural Development & Foods Ministry told Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA-MPA).

In addition, they will be fully funded by the state, ANA reports.

Livestock farm construction will be funded 100% by Measure 5.2 of the Agricultural Development Program, they said, following the September floods. The Measure foresees a total budget of 45 million euros. This was also pointed out by Minister Lefteris Avgenakis at a recent event in which the Dutch consulting company HVA presented its first report on Thessaly's protection from floods in the future. The new investment is separate from the payments made by state aid for the same expenses, the ministry officials said. The building plans will include sample sheep and cattle facilities with full building details.

Furthermore, the officials told ANA-MPA that all lost animals would be replaced free of charge. According to official data, over 115,000 sheep, goats, cattle, and pigs drowned in September's floods. Livestock farmers who want to remain in their profession will be able to replace their animals for free "without spending a single euro," the officials said, through the same Measure 5.2.

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