Tractor Protest Seeks Milk Price Alternative

EU - A barrage of tractors have descended upon the latest meeting of EU agriculture ministers to drive home dairy farmers’ calls for what they claim are the basic conditions required to ensure a ‘fair’ price for their products.
calendar icon 30 October 2008
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Speaking to protestors outside yesterday outside talks regarding the health check of EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reforms, Romuald Schaber, President of the European Milk Board (EMB), demanded a new deal for European dairy farmers, reports Food Production Daily.

The news agency says that milk prices have continued to dominate and divide opinion within the European dairy industry, as some industry associations have played down farmer’s calls for more pricing power, favouring an industry-wide solution to price concerns.

However, Schaber, speaking during the first day of demonstrations outside the health check meeting, said farmers had untied not to call for a return to subsidised production, but for assurance that they can cover their own production costs.

“We don’t want any subsidies in the form of a milk fund, we want basic conditions that bring about a working, fair market in which the cost of producing milk on the farms is paid,” he said.

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