SEOUL Jan 6 South Korea said on Friday it will
subsidise half of the cost of shipping fresh eggs into the
country up to the end of February as it resorts to imports to
tackle a nationwide shortage spawned by the country's worst-ever
bird flu outbreak.
In a statement, the agriculture ministry said the government
will spend 900 million won ($758,000) to support shipment costs
for eggs imported both by air and by ship.
Earlier this week, South Korea said it would temporarily cut
tariffs on egg imports to zero in an effort to secure egg
supplies from overseas ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday,
later this month.
($1 = 1,187.8000 won)
(Reporting by Jane Chung; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell)