Poultry vendors and workers will be offered $239 million in financial assistance under the government's proposed scheme to do away with the live poultry industry. The Health, Welfare and Food Bureau wants to end live sales for health reasons. Vendors will be offered payments equivalent to about 39 months' rent on their stalls if they voluntarily give up their licences, according to a document that will be discussed in the Legislative Council today. Retraining and financial aid will be made available to employees made redundant. Vendors who decide not to join the scheme will be offered government loans to upgrade their stalls to meet new health standards.