At its biannual General Assembly, which was a digital event this spring, the long-term survival of European milk production was the main topic for the producers coming together as members of the European Milk Board (EMB).
The European Dairy Association (EDA) has urged MEPs to reconsider their support for the introduction of a milk supply management system in times of crisis – a move it claims will create a “less profitable environment” for producers and processors.
As European farmers’ associations call for better cooperation between processors and milk suppliers over pricing, a leading cooperative groups says it is already having to tighten its budget across the supply chain.
Irish farmer’s groups have added their voices to growing dissent among European milk suppliers, claiming that some producers in the country potentially face an entire year of financial loses unless regulations are reformed.
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.