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Spanish Farm Minister Calls For Milk Monitoring After Quotas

28 March 2014

EU – A milk price and production monitoring facility is essential for stability in a post-quota market, Spanish Farming Minister Arias Canete told European politicians this week.

The European Union should move ‘quickly’ and ‘decisively’ in providing dairy producers with market protection, said Mr Canete addressing a Council of Ministers meeting in Brussels.

Side-lining marginal mountain areas out for special support, Mr Canete called for a two pronged package that maintained producer margins and farm production volumes.

He insisted on long term market management measures to be supported with cooperation from Europe’s banking sector.

A market monitoring programme should not only focus on milk value and output, but also scrutinise input costs and farmer margins, he argued.

Mr Canete had no qualms with short term delivery trends by some member states and adjustments to fat but did demand ‘concrete market management mechanisms’.

He rallied for greater care and attention when regulating dairies in ‘disadvantaged’ areas due to the competitive difficulties facing such operations.

Michael Priestley


TheCattleSite News Desk

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