Farming Minister, Jim Paice, has insisted that maintaining the current policy is unacceptable, just days ahead of an expected announcement on a badger cull in England.
Speaking in the House of Commons Mr Paice said that if no new measures are put in place to improve bTB control, the disease could cost the taxpayer £1 billion over the next decade.
It understood that the Cabinet, which contains doubters on the policy, was due to discuss the issue this week, ahead of an expected announcement in mid-July.
The issue was raised a number of times during Defra Questions on Thursday. One MP said: “Wildlife in my constituency are suffering from tuberculosis a lingering death, cattle are being slaughtered and farmers are lying awake at night worrying that their herd might be next.”
She asked Mr Paice what plans the Government had to address the problem.
The Farming Minister said the Government would be making an announcement ‘fairly soon we hope before the House rises’ (towards the end of July) on proposals for a badger cull and wider bTB measures.
Having listened to Jim Paice speak last week at the CAAV conference, the team at Barbers Rural feel confident that he is doing everything he can to address the TB / badger problem.