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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn 7 September, Latvian farmers plan to take part in a protest organized by Copa-Cogeca NGO and European Milk Board, as reported by Agricultural Organisations Council.

The contents of protests organized by the two NGOs are somewhat different from one another. «The position of EMB is as follows: give back funds that we, dairy farmers, paid to the Agricultural Reserves Fund for exceeded milk quotas so that we can overcome the dairy crisis and restructure ourselves. Copa-Cogeca’s request is to give milk fees back to the dairy industry. Approximately EUR 700 million were taken from the dairy industry during 2014/2015 as milk fees. And this happened right when farmers needed the money the most. We believe it is also necessary to increase the EU intervention price,» – explains AOC.

Representatives of the dairy industry have agreed to demand having penalties paid for exceeding milk quotas returned to the dairy industry in order to provide compensation to farmers impacted by the Russian embargo and cover their losses.

«It would be an honest solution under conditions of an unfairly subsidized agricultural market regulation in the EU. Every member state should be given rights to decide on their own how to use financing to compensate losses caused by the crisis and stabilize the situation in the dairy industry. In addition, the European Commission should increase intervention prices, update export subsidies and search for new solutions for a fair division of end prices among members of milk supply network,» – explains AOC.

«In addition, it is necessary to emphasize that in November 2014 the European Commission had officially admitted that decline of milk procurement prices to a level that is not sustainable would threaten milk production industry in the three Baltic States. It was also noted in EC regulation that the allocated funding would compensate only a small portion of producers’ actual losses. The situation in the dairy industry has only deteriorated since then, and milk procurement prices continue to decline,» – farmers say.

This is why Latvian farmers have decided to participate in protest acts in order to remind European authorities about the crisis in the dairy industry and request EU institutions to find funding and effective political decisions to stabilize the industry.

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