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Sheep Numbers Sheared By 20 Percent

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Sheep Numbers Sheared By 20 Percent

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The number of sheep in Iceland may be reduced by 20 percent in order to decrease the production of lamb, RÚV reports. The idea was proposed yesterday to the Parliamentary Industrial Affairs Committee by Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir in order to address the problem of overproduction currently facing the industry.

Thirteen hundred tons of lamb will remain unsold this fall when the slaughtering season begins.

In an interview with RÚV, Þorgerður Katrín stated the importance of finding long-term solutions so overproduction does not happen again, as well as supporting farmers who have experienced significant wage cuts in order to help them continue production.

The minister stated that although production of lamb will be reduced, marketing of Icelandic lamb abroad will continue.

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