EU promises more money to farmers hit by E coli crisis
Some 210 million euros (307 million dollars) are to be made available for farmers hit by the E coli epidemic, the European Union's top agriculture official announced on Wednesday, dpa reported.
The decision follows complaints that a previously agreed compensation fund of 150 million euros was insufficient.
The aid is to be extended to cover growers of peppers and courgettes, as well as producers of cucumbers, tomato and lettuce. Farmers will be able to claim up to 70 per cent of lost income in compensation, he indicated.
EU governments will be asked to approve the emergency funding at a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, allowing for the money to be disbursed before the end of the month.