Yonhap News reports South Korea plans a livestock permit system giving more responsibilities to farmers with harsh penalties when rules are broken.

The permit system plan follows the country’s foot and mouth disease outbreak from last November which cost the country more than US$2.7 billion. The permit system applies to farmers raising cattle, pigs, chickens and ducks.

Large corporate farms with more than 100 cattle, 2,000 pigs or between 10,000 and 50,000 chickens and ducks must obtain a permit in 2012, smaller farms have until 2015.

Farmers who break rules required by the new permits can lose their livestock permits, pay fines of up to 30 million won, or face up to three years in jail.

The new permit system puts more responsibility on individual farmers and local government if a disease outbreak occurs. Farmers and local governments will pay higher costs to cover expenses associated with the outbreak.

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Source: Yonhap News