AUTHORITIES are launching legal procedures against three pig farms whose illegal expansions are adversely impacting the quality of life of the residents of the Nicosia district of Kato Moni, the interior minister has said.
Socrates Hasikos met with the Kato Moni residents who are unhappy with the presence of three pig farms and a slaughterhouse in their community.
The minister said the three farms have illegally expanded over the years. In addition to legal action by the Nicosia district to force them to stop, Hasikos said the long-term goal was to remove the farms from the area altogether. He did not specify when or how.
Most pig farms in Cyprus need to expand to meet EU animal welfare regulations that Cyprus has so far failed to comply with. But there is no space for them to grow. Most stand on the outskirts of Nicosia but town planning licences introduced in the 1990s have turned them into enclaves, and they are now surrounded by other agricultural and farming zones as well as residential areas.
The slaughterhouse – which employs 120 people – is willing to collaborate with authorities to comply with the law and has applied to Town Planning to get the necessary licences it now lacks, Hasikos said. He promised the representatives of the impacted communities they would be consulted before any decision was taken.
Also joining the minister were the Environment Commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou, the head of the House Environment Committee Adamos Adamou, members of parliament and stakeholders.