Milk Producers Protest For Fair Prices

EU - Whilst the report from the High Level Group on Milk was discussed yesterday (12 June) in detail, dairy producers from the EU and the European Milk Board held demonstrations in Brussels, demanding fair prices and supply management.
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Over one thousand milk producers from many European countries demonstrated in Brussels yesterday against the proposals of the HLGM.

"These proposals do not yield a solution for the current crisis and will worsen the situation of European milk producers even further.” says Lidia Senra, board member of ECVC.

Romuald Schaber, president of the EMB, adds: “The report says that the existing safety net was sufficient. That is, however, not true. The extremely low prices that we saw in 2009 can reoccur anytime and the existing measures cannot prevent it.”

Another problem is the contractualisation - i.e. direct contracts between producers and dairies- that the HLGM has proposed. These contracts would lead the producers to a total dependency of the dairy industry which, as stronger market player, would dictate the conditions.

Furthermore the proposals of the HLGM do not stipulate a regulation of milk production. However, there will be no fair prices for producers without a regulation of milk production and the dairy market. If to much milk is produced in Europe, this cheap milk floods not only our market and threatens the position of our producers on the market. The markets in developing countries are harmed as well. In many cases the local production is subsequently abandoned and poverty thus increases.

"The future lies in a demand-oriented production with cost-covering prices and a market where all players are capable of acting,” says Lidia Senra.

One positive aspect of the report of the HLGM is that it clearly acknowledges that the milk producers are in a weak position on the dairy market,” says Romuald Schaber.

The demontrators from many European countries reject the short-sighted proposals of the HLGM. Several issues will have to be addressed again, concludes Mr Schaber.

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