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Agriculture Minister: dairies and grain growers are doing the best, while cattle-breeders face hard times

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Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs

Due to the purchase price growth, currently, dairies and grain cultivators are doing the best, while cattle-breeders face difficulties, recognizes the Agriculture Minister Jānis Dūklavs (Duklavs).

«These are increasingly beneficial times for dairy-farmers, because the purchase price of milk is approaching 200 lats per ton. It reminds the situation several years ago, when the price of milk soared over 200 lats. People counted on a further increase of up to 300 lats, drafted farm expansion projects, but we know the outcome – the crisis started and about 80 farms went bankrupt. At the moment, the price is not so high; however, I predict that next year the milk purchase price will be 21 santims per litre. It is reasonable because there is a milk shortage in Latvia already for several months. Moreover, this process is seen not only in Latvia, as milk is demanded in whole Europe. Brussels does not talk about any support measures for the sector, the major European experts say that the milk market is stable and growing throughout Europe,» Duklavs indicates in an interview to Nozare.lv.

The Minister admits that this season was also good for grain cultivators. «Grain growers can drink tea with four spoons of sugar, because such high grain prices – up to 160 lats per ton of wheat – have never been recorded. Unfortunately, because of the grain price surge, the pig- farming sector faces the biggest problems. Basically, these are not «blooming times» for any feedlot cattle sector».

On the other hand, when asked which support types for all sector farmers will be affected next year by the subsidy reduction at the extent of three million lats, Duklavs points out that it is a matter of short-term discussions.

«No matter how unpleasant the reduction is, however, it is reasonable considering the situation in the country. I cannot clearly state which subsidies will be cut. In any event, all the industries, which were subsidised in previous years, will be reviewed, but I cannot promise that everyone will receive support. This week we have notified all agricultural organisations about the proposals, and they promised to examine them and give their reply until Christmas,» the Minister informs.


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  1. Tom.G says:

    Good for the dairies…

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